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A South African woman accused of smuggling cocaine appeared in a Thailand court yesterday.
Nolubabalo “Babsie” Nobanda, of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, was arrested at Bangkok International Airport in December for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine hidden in her dreadlocks.
Her mother, Honjiswa Mbewu, said she appeared in a Bangkok court on a charge of drug trafficking. The matter was postponed to Monday for judgment.
She said the two security officers who arrested her testified that Nobanda had co-operated and freely confessed to trafficking in drugs.
She said the court heard evidence that the cocaine Nobanda was carrying was mixed with baking powder.
In a letter to her family, which they received this week, Nobanda said she was in good spirits and upbeat about the judgment. She said she would be convicted of attempting to smuggle 600g of cocaine, and not 1.5kg as reported earlier.
In her letter, Nobanda asked her family to forgive her. “First and probably the most important thing I want to say is I am sorry to all of you. I know that I have disappointed, hurt and humiliated the whole family. I ask for forgiveness.” – Sapa