Beetge case shines spotlight on SA ‘mules’

NEWS/CRIME-COURTS /25 February 2014 at 10:11am By: Bernadette Wolhuter KwaZulu-Natal – Last week’s news that convicted KwaZulu-Natal drug mule Tessa Beetge was being released from a Brazilian jail after five and a half years has seen the plight of South African drug smugglers detained in foreign jails brought to the fore again. International law expert…

Nelspruit to Sao Paulo as a drug mule

The story of a drug mule that travelled to Brazil and back. January 30, 2014 NELSPRUIT -* Dave had dreamt of seeing Brazil, but never did he think his involvement in drug trafficking would lead him on a journey through hell. To most travellers, the gleaming facade of the departure terminal of an airport is…

Zuma passes human trafficking bill

2013-07-29 16:54 Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma has enacted the prevention and combating of trafficking in persons bill, the presidency said on Monday. “The signing of this bill into law is significant. For the first time South Africa will have a single statute, which addresses the scourge of trafficking in persons holistically and comprehensively,” it…

Intensify drug trade war, SA told

DAILYNEWS/NEWS /10 June 2013 at 09:00am By: YOGAS NAIR Drug cartels were luring an increasing number of locally recruited “decoys” into the hands of authorities in foreign countries, to enable their drug mules to escape arrest. This is according to a South African organisation, Locked Up, that assists locals arrested abroad. Locked Up director, Patricia…

Woman tells of ordeal as drug-mule slave

MANDLA ZULU | 15 January, 2012 00:08 KWAZULU-Natal drug mule Nonhlanhla “Ndoni” Ngwane was forced to swallow baby carrots to help widen her throat so she could ingest condoms filled with drugs. In a brief, exclusive interview with the Sunday Times, Ngwane recounted her three-month nightmare in Brazil where she was held captive in a…

Drug mule’s hell

SUNDAYINDEPENDENT /18 December 2011 at 09:02am Duped into taking a job overseas, forced to swallow over a kilogram of drugs on four different continents, not getting paid and deprived of food for not obeying orders. This is the picture painted by a South African drug mule currently in hiding with two others after escaping from…

Janice’s sisters tell of last visit

NEWS/CRIME-COURTS /13 December 2011 at 12:37pm By: Mpume Madlala “You must come and see me soon.” These were the tearful words of Janice Linden to her two sisters, Nomalizwi Mhlophe and Priscilla Mthalane, during a 45-minute visit at Guandong prison in China, the day before she was executed by lethal injection. She was not aware…

SA WOMAN EXECUTED IN CHINA

Regan Thaw | 2011/12/12 It has been confirmed by the International Relations Department that China has executed South African Janice Linden for smuggling drugs. Chinese authorities killed her by lethal injection. 35-year old Durban resident Linden was sentenced to death for smuggling 3kg of crystal meth in 2008. International Relations’ Clayson Monyela said they did…

Court Case Report

An application was brought against the Government of South Africa for its failure to consider our request that the Government enter into a Prisoner Exchange Agreement with the Government of Mauritius, alternatively to provide sufficient reasons for its decision to not do so. The application was heard on the 29 and 30 March 2010. While…

End my hell, pleads drug mule’s mom

NEWS/SOUTH-AFRICA/KWAZULU-NATAL /14 March 2011 at 18:15pm Vivian Attwood Attending the final stages of the trial of suspected drug dealer Sheryl Cwele and her co-accused, Nigerian Frank Nabolisa, in Ramsgate last week, a frail and emotional Marie Swanepoel, mother of convicted drug smuggler Tessa Beetge, said she could not endure much more suffering. Beetge was arrested…