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Calitz due back in court on drug charges

Hostage survivor Debbie Calitz is due back in court on drug-related charges.

Debbie Calitz (L) and Bruno Pelizzari at the OR Tambo International Airport on 27 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Debbie Calitz, the South African woman who was kidnapped by Somali pirates is due back in the Hatfield District Court in Pretoria on Wednesday on drug-related charges.

Calitz and eight others, including her daughter Kerri-Ann Cross, were arrested at a house in Pretoria in December.

Following a tip-off, police raided Calitz's Constantia Park flat and found hallucinogenic magic mushrooms and dagga.

Calitz and her former partner Bruno Pelizzari were freed from nearly two-year long captivity in Somalia in June 2012, after they were kidnapped by Somali pirates.

At her previous court appearance last month, she and her eight co-accused were granted R1,000 bail each.

Calitz has since released a book about her ordeal titled Debbie Calitz: 20 months in Hostage Hell.

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