Quick buck is lure for SA drug mules

Please note, the Reporter of this article mis-quoted, saying: “Belinda West, director of Locked Up-2nd Chances for SA’s (in)Mates, said most mules faced life imprisonment.”  This referred to those imprisoned in the Far East and not in all countries. Drug mules hired to courier drugs from foreign countries face harsh sentences and even the death penalty…

SA emerges as new drug hub

Around 30 South Africans are arrested every month in Brazil on drug smuggling charges – a huge increase in the past two years as South Africa emerges as a new hub in the global drug smuggling business. Friends/Family of South African Detainees Abroad sounded the alarm Friday over what it called a dramatic increase in…

Have you been offered a job in Thailand?

Desperate and unsuspecting South Africans are being lured into drug syndicates and are paying a heavy price in Thailand’s prisons ”Thank you for coming,” said Nandipha (not her real name), struggling to make herself heard above the babble. “I don’t get to see anyone except for a kind lady from the church. And I can’t…

Sa Intelligence Minister’s Wife And The Drug Mule Bust – Politics – Nairaland

Sa Intelligence Minister’s Wife And The Drug Mule Bust by Sweetthing(f): 3:25pm On Mar 15, 2009 Exclusive: Intelligence boss’s spouse linked to international cocaine ring. The wife of South Africa’s newly appointed intelligence boss is under investigation for international drug trafficking. Sheryl Cwele, married to minister of intelligence Siyabonga Cwele, has been directly linked to a KwaZulu-Natal mother arrested in Brazil…

ANOTHER SAA Crew Arrested for drug smuggling

By SAM GREENHILL FOR THE DAILY MAILUPDATED: 10:22 BST, 17 February 2009 An aircrew arrested after £250,000 of cocaine was discovered in baggage on a plane have been released on bail. The 15 South African Airways employees were arrested after UK Border Agency officers found 5kg of the class A drug when their flight from Johannesburg arrived…

South African woman hospitalised after prison beating

WORLD / 15 FEBRUARY 2009, 12:27PM / LYNNETTE JOHNS The South African government has requested a full report on an incident in a Mauritian jail where a South African woman was apparently stripped naked and badly beaten by a notorious security squad. She was admitted to hospital two days after the incident, after her aunt begged embassy staff to…

SAA drug ring – more arrests soon

SOUTH AFRICA / 25 JANUARY 2009, 08:41AM /  Police in South Africa and London are expecting more arrests soon of members of a drug smuggling syndicate allegedly operating between South Africa and the United Kingdom. Investigators said on Saturday their probe into the involvement of South African Airways cabin crew in the syndicate was progressing well. SAA was…

SAA crew probed after drug bust

SOUTH AFRICA / 21 JANUARY 2009, 11:18AM / By Daily News Reporter and Sapa-AFP The entire flight and cabin crew of a South African Airways flight, including the pilot, have been arrested in London after customs officers seized three bags containing 50kg of dagga. The drugs, worth R2,1-million were found by officers of the UK Borders Agency, said…