Bangkok home behind bars for SA women drug smugglers
edly discovered 1.5kg cocaine in her dreadlocks.
There are seven other SA women serving time for drug offences in Lard Yao where Nobanda will be kept on remand during her trial and
of where she will serve her sentence if convicted.
Lard Yao is one of two women’s prisons in the Thai capital, and is the biggest of the eight in Thailand.
It’s the jail of choice for Thai authorities to place foreign criminals, and is designed to hold a maximum of 3 268 inmates.
Unlike men’s prisons which are classified into minimum to maximum security levels, Lard Yao serves as an all-securitylevel prison, with convicts serving anything from one month to being on death row.
There is a host of rehabilitation programmes Nobanda can look forward to, from computer training to fashion design, arts and crafts, cooking and catering, learning Thai, performing classical music and singing in the choir.
The prison has a nursery for babies born to the inmates, a pregnancy ward and a hospital.
Prisoners are housed in communal cells. They’re expected to work.
Nobanda could face anywhere from 20 to 50 years in Lard Yao prison like her fellow countrymen, including Bongekile Ncala, Dawn van Niekerk, Nila Duginov, Octavia Malevu and Pavaty Naidoo, who were all arrested for smuggling drugs into Thailand.
Two other South Africans are serving life sentences in Thailand: Eugene Noboto, who was jailed in 1971, and Eugene Nwaneri, who was convicted in 2003.