Cape Town - A lovestruck teenager has revealed to the Daily Voice how she smuggled drugs into prison for her boyfriend.
In an exclusive interview, the 19-year-old and her 13-year old friend tell how they smuggled tik into the Goodwood Prison, hiding it in their bras.
The older of the two, from Mitchells Plain, says even finding out that her heartthrob was convicted for raping a 13-year-old girl didn’t change her feelings for him.
But she has since learnt that she was just caught in a scam.
The prisoners first befriend girls on social networking sites, and only once they’ve fallen for them, the men reveal they are in prison.
The girls are then lured with money, or sometimes threatened, to get drugs for the criminal.
The 19-year-old told the Daily Voice her boyfriend, now her ex, fooled her into believing she could make big bucks from smuggling for him.
The teen, who has a four-year-old child, says she met the “scumbag” in August: “He inboxed me on Facebook and said he is 25 and from Belhar.
“He asked if he could add me on WhatsApp and started chatting.”
She started suspecting that her new friend was behind bars after hearing funny noises in the background whenever they talked on the phone.
“He admitted he is inside prison,” she said.
“I was shocked but I started feeling something for him.”
The young mom didn’t mind that her new flame was a member of the 26s prison gang, or that he raped a girl in 2013 while he was a taxi driver in Parow.
He then invited her to come see him in jail and she asked her 13-year-old friend to go with her.
“He said he is at Goodwood Prison and I need to contact his mother who will make a booking for me to come and visit him,” she continued.
“It was love at first sight.
“On the first visit I left my phones at home and took him socks and food.
“On the very first weekend he asked me to bring him [Mandrax] pills and said I will benefit from it because the drugs cost more on the inside.”
The two girls bought half a gram of tik for R90, and were instructed on how to smuggle it into jail.
The older girl say she asked the younger one to carry the drugs: “I’m too thin, she is chubbier than me.”
The 13-year-old said that when she tried to refuse, the convict threatened her: “I said to him I don’t know him, why must I bring him drugs? He said if I don’t he will hurt me.
“He called me and said when I wash myself I must put the tik inside my sock and when I get to prison I must put it into my bra.”
She said her nerves were finished when wardens searched them: “I held up my arms and the person touched my breasts, luckily they didn’t find anything.
“As he and my friend held hands in the visiting room, I slipped the tik to him under the table.”
The 19-year-old said they took him drugs two more times: “I had to pawn my cellphone to buy R50 tik.
“We planned that when he comes out in December we will get married and move into a Wendy house on my mother’s property.”
But then random girls started harassing her.
“He used to put me on conference call with other girls, and then they started calling me and it became clear he was using me.
“One Sunday he called me and said it was over, and I still visited him on Saturday,” she said.
“I haven’t gained anything... we could have been arrested and that is why I need to warn others.”
The teen’s mother, 55, adds: “I told my daughter I am giving her until the 21st and if she is still busy with this stuff then she must leave the house.”
Prison authorities say they are not aware of young girls smuggling drugs into the Goodwood Prison.
They have called on the public to make authorities aware of any illegal activities, so they can bring the guilty parties to book.
Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman Carla Williams said they do not have any knowledge of the incident where two girls, aged 13 and 19, took drugs into Goodwood Prison.
Williams says: “We are not aware of the incidents that you are referring to.
“Should we find any illegal substance on any visitor, we will immediately call in the SAPS for handing over of the substance and further investigation.
“If anyone has any information of incidents where offenders threaten the public, it will be highly appreciated.
“This information can be given to the security personnel at Goodwood Management Area to institute an investigation and to ensure the safety of the community,” she said.Daily Voice