Chisom Jenniffer Okoye
5 minute read
30 Jan 2020
7:27 pm

WATCH: OR Tambo airport now ‘a drug route’, often to jail in Asia

Chisom Jenniffer Okoye

A recently released drug mule tells her story, saying it was a chance meeting in a tavern that changed her life forever.

A former drug mule, front, speaks at a press conference in Johannesburg, 30 January 2020, on the rise in drug trafficking cases via South Africa's OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Still shaken from eight years of imprisonment after being arrested for smuggling drugs into a Chinese territory, a South African woman now in her thirties struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Requesting to remain anonymous for her own safety, she said her nightmare began when she was at the lowest point of her life. At the age of 27 she had found herself unemployed with a child to fend for after her boyfriend, the father of her child, had abandoned her. She said it was a chance meeting in a tavern (township nightclub) that changed her life...