- Nolubabalo Nobanda has finally returned to South Africa after serving time in a Thai prison
- Citizens praised her for managing to make the most of her time behind bars, turning her life around for the better
- Briefly.co.za takes a look at how 'Babsie' got nabbed with 1.5 kgs of cocaine hidden in her dreadlocks
Nolubabalo Nobanda is on home soil after serving 7 years of her 15-year sentence for attempting to smuggle drugs into Thailand.
Briefly.co.za reported that Nobanda had seen the light after being caught red-handed, obtaining a degree in communications while in prison.
Nobanda recently unpacked how she almost got away with her crime, but just as she was about to leave the airport the reality of her actions came crashing down on her.
Babsie revealed that the promise of a free holiday to Brazil had lured her into trafficking drugs, but little did she know that Thailand would be her final destination.
Nobanda had made it to Brazil, only to learn that she would be responsible for taking a package to Thailand. Too scared to call home and admit to her mistake, she went along with the plan.
With 30 parcels of cocaine hidden in her dreadlocks, she managed to make it past security in Brazil.
However, a sharp-eyed Thai official had noticed something was wrong, Nobanda shared with eNCA that she managed to make it all the way to the doors of the airport, but was stopped by two men who asked her to accompany them to an office.
Once in the room, Nobanda's luggage was thoroughly searched through, with nothing found to be amiss. Relieved that she had not been caught Nobanda had gathered her things to leave.
A female official was not so easily fooled, insisting that the terrified young woman had hidden something in her hair.
The rest is history, and Nolubabalo's story serves as a stern warning to South Africans that, however appealing the rewards may seem, drug trafficking comes with a hefty price to pay:
"It's a chance for others to understand where they can go wrong, what to avoid. I want my life to be about, don't be like Babsie, watch out. Don't be so naive."
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