Twitter divided as SA drug mule Nolubabalo Nobanda returns after 8 years in Thai jail

20 September 2019 - 10:41 By Cebelihle Bhengu
In 2014, four years after she was arrested in Bangkok for smuggling cocaine from Brazil to Thailand, Makhanda’s Nolubabalo ‘Babsie’ Nobanda, left, enjoyed a visit from her mother, Honjiswa Mbewu, at Klong Prem prison. She returned home from Thailand on Thursday.
In 2014, four years after she was arrested in Bangkok for smuggling cocaine from Brazil to Thailand, Makhanda’s Nolubabalo ‘Babsie’ Nobanda, left, enjoyed a visit from her mother, Honjiswa Mbewu, at Klong Prem prison. She returned home from Thailand on Thursday.
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Convicted SA drug mule Nolubabalo Nobanda received a warm welcome from family and friends when she arrived at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday. Nobanda was arrested in Thailand in 2011 after she was caught at a Bangkok airport smuggling drugs hidden in her dreadlocks.

Henk Vanstaen, a Thai resident who helped facilitate Nobanda's return, told DispatchLIVE that he believed Nobanda had come away for the ordeal a changed woman.

“She has definitely learnt from this experience. She has come out a better person, not only in terms of getting a degree and education, but in terms of her mental strength.”

Does she deserve a hero's welcome? Twitter is divided.


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