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NOLUBABALO Nobanda has been officially charged in Thailand with drug smuggling.
This was revealed by South Africa’s ambassador to Thailand, Douglas Gibson, yesterday.
Gibson said he was allowed to visit Nobanda after she was transferred to the Women’s Prison in Bangkok.
Nobanda was caught at Bangkok airport this week with cocaine hidden in fake dreadlocks.
“I am glad to say that Ms Nobanda is in good health and is bearing up well in very difficult circumstances. She has requested that we should not discuss with the media what she conveyed to us, or give personal information about her to the media, and we will therefore merely report to our head office in Pretoria. They will be in touch with the family,” said Gibson in a statement.
He said the embassy expected that Nobanda would appear in court regularly, every 12 days for the next few months.
“It will accordingly be many months before the matter comes to trial. We will continue giving consular assistance and doing whatever we can to help. This includes reporting on her wellbeing to our authorities, acting as a conduit for money sent to her by the family, arranging for any medical care that she might need in the future, helping her to register for studies, if she wishes to study, arranging visits by family members and generally doing whatever we can to be kind and caring about a South African in trouble,” he said.
Yesterday evening Nobanda’s mother, Honjiswa Nombewu, said Gibson had not yet contacted the family. — Witness Reporter.