Calitz’s drug case resumes

Johannesburg - Kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz and eight other people are due to appear on drug-related charges in the Hatfield District Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Calitz, 50, and eight others between the ages of 19 and 29, were arrested at a house in Constantia Park, in Pretoria, in December last year.

Somali pirate kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz has told the court that she cannot afford the lawyer defending her on drugs charges. File photo: Chris Collingridge. Credit: Independent Newspapers

Police received a tip-off about a drugs party and found hallucinogenic “magic mushrooms” and dagga.

Calitz and the eight other suspects each face a charge of possession of drugs.

Calitz and her former long-term partner Bruno Pelizzari were released from captivity in Somalia almost six months ago, after being held for nearly two years by pirates.

Calitz recently released a book regarding her kidnap, titled Debbie Calitz: 20 Months in Hostage Hell. - Sapa