Call for arrested drug mules to serve time in SA prisons

Convicted South African drug mule Nolubabalo "Babsie" Nobanda has been released after serving seven years of a 15-year sentence in Thailand.

She was arrested by Bangkok police in 2011 for the possession of drugs, which were found inside her dreadlocks.

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Bongani Bingwa speaks to NGO, Locked Up SA chairperson Patricia Gerber on how drug mules who have served their time, should be reintegrated back into society.

Gerber says the majority of former drug mules that her organisation deals with have been approached and coerced to going overseas under false pretences.

That is how these people are lured without them realising that they are being drawn into something that they don't want to find themselves in.

Patricia Gerber, Chairperson - Locked Up SA

She says her organisation is working with the government on a prison transfer agreement so that arrested drug mules serve time in South African prisons.

That is what we have been lobbying for because we feel that keeping them in foreign prisons doesn't cover rehabilitation and integration back into society. Rehabilitation cannot take place unless the family is involved.

Patricia Gerber, Chairperson - Locked Up SA

Listen below to the full interview:


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