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Drug mule mom reaches out

2011-12-13 10:25

 Durban - KwaZulu-Natal South Coast mother Marie Swanepoel knows what it feels like to have a drug mule daughter in a foreign jail, but unlike the Linden family of Durban, she doesn’t have to deal with the pain of having a loved one executed.

Janice Linden, 38, was executed on Monday by Chinese authorities.

Swanepoel’s daughter, Tessa Beetge, 34, has four more years of her sentence to serve in a Sao Paulo jail.

It will be three-and-a-half years today that Beetge was sentenced for drug trafficking in Brazil and on Friday Swanepoel will be able to make her twice yearly, 15-minute call to her daughter.

No such luck for the Linden family, whose last contact with Janice was on Sunday, only hours before her execution. They exchanged a few letters.

Chinese officials have handed over Janice’s ashes to a South African diplomat who will ensure that her family receives them.

Cruel and unjust

Offering the Linden family her condolences, Swanepoel said: “When I heard on the news what they had done to her I was very shocked and very sad. It was just cruel and unjust.

“My sympathies go out to her family and friends. I don’t even know if she has children, what she has and doesn’t have. I just feel so sorry for all of them. May God give them everything they need to get through this.”

Swanepoel said she thanked God that Tessa is safe and hadn’t been tried in China.

“If the same thing were to happen to her I would have gone out of my mind; it would have just been the end of a lot of things.”

Swanepoel appealed to youngsters not to get involved in drug trafficking.

“I know it’s about making money, but you are only getting yourselves into trouble and making the drug dealers rich. It’s not worth it. The heartache you put your parents through is not worth it,” she said.

Did not know her fate

e-News Beijing correspondent John Bailey told The Witness that two of Linden’s older sisters arrived in China on Friday and visited her on Sunday.

They were allowed to spend less than an hour with her, surrounded by Chinese officials. They opted not to tell her she would die by lethal injection the next day.

“The two sisters were very mature in handling the situation. They said they could not tell her about the execution as that would have burdened her.

They had no physical contact as they were separated by a glass partition. They were only allowed to communicate in English, not in isiZulu or any other language.”

Bailey said Linden only became aware that she would die an hour or so before the lethal injection was administered.

She was called to appear before three judges in Guangzhou at about 03:00 SA time and was informed that she would be put to death. She died at about 04:30.

Did she commit the crime?

“The officials would not say much except that in China everyone is treated the same under the laws of the land, whether you are foreign or local,” he said.

Linden’s mother, Virginia, reportedly died two months ago. Her father, Wellington, is too heartbroken to speak.

eTV quoted Linden’s stepsister, Elaine Biyela, as saying: “She has gone to a better place.”

A family friend, Wentworth councillor Aubrey Snyman, told The Witness he believes the matter was not dealt with fairly.

He is concerned that Linden maintained her innocence until the end, although the Chinese court had given her a two-year reprieve in which to admit guilt and receive a jail term instead.

“Why would she plead not guilty knowing that it would cost her life? She could have pleaded guilty to avoid death so now the question is, did she commit the crime?

Linden’s brother, Ramon, told The Witness an official statement will be released once the family was able to meet.

Comments
  • Marius Doc Gouws - 2011-12-13 10:30

    No sympathy for any criminals! Deal with it! You make the choice! Every country has their own laws. Don't like it, don't be idiots and do the crime!

      Jono - 2011-12-13 10:37

      Maybe RSA needs to implement some of these harsher sentences and see if that will improve some of the s#it that happens here.

      Edmund - 2011-12-13 10:43

      How do you know for a fact that someone didn't find a way to put the drugs in her bag without her knowing about it? To me its an obvious target for drug smugglers, no risk to them if they find a way to get it into innocent people's bags via gaps in security or bribes. China really does not have a big care to prove someone is innocent, they assume guilty. I would be very nervous about my bags when traveling to that country or somewhere similar. Everyone is assuming she knew about it? Imagine your face when they stop you and pull out some drugs, I bet your opinion would be different then. Even her family or friends that get to read all the self righteous drivel commented here about she got what she deserved.

      Juan - 2011-12-13 10:55

      @cosmos or the thousands of farmers that's been killed off by the farm workers you clown

      Rainbow - 2011-12-13 10:58

      Your comment is harsh!! She didnt deserve to die regardless of the circuimstances. In some cases drugs are planted on an unsuspecting passanger and authorities tipped off to attract the focus of the authorities whilst the real shipment is smuggled through via another drug mule. This is not the first time it has happened and is a well known fact. No nigerian dealer ( i say nigerian because lets face it they are the masters in this game) would smuggle 3kgs of tic (a cheap drug unknown and unpopular overseases). She was set up and I believe innocent. My consolences to her loved ones.

      Karl - 2011-12-13 11:11

      @rainbownation Tik is methamphetamine or crystal meth, it's pretty common wherever you go in the world. So many a dealer will try smuggle his product wherever he wants.

      Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:24

      @rainbownation. How does one plant 3kg of drugs in your bag, and you not noticing? Why is it that it is young females that are always caught?

      John - 2011-12-13 11:25

      By eliminating the trash who transport drugs, just maybe a few others will live a little longer. Deal with the problem at source and get the stuff before it leaves the fields and labs.

      Rainbow - 2011-12-13 11:31

      @lenand probably the same way they steal luggage from the airport. Smugging is a huge operation run by big syndigates and these criminals ( have inside people on the payrol too.

      Rainbow - 2011-12-13 11:33

      @karl I stand to be corrected. Though this particular drug is not the most popular choice to smuggle.

      Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:44

      @rainbownation. I suggest if someone steals my luggage, I would notice. So, I would not compare these

      Karmah - 2011-12-13 12:18

      Marius, I have made flights 3 times this year, and on all occasions my luggage went on the plane, bubblewrapped and sealed and when i recieved it there was no wrappiong and my bag was oipen, on one occasion i found long pieces of grass inside my bag (part of a parcal's packaging perhaps) Who is to say the same thing did'nt happen to these girls? Don't be so quick to judge my friend, yes there are people who mule willingly but there are just as many people out there who are oblivious to what gets put inside their bags without knowladge...

      Janice - 2011-12-13 12:29

      I understand what you are saying, BUT,,,what IF she wasnt guilty????

      Paulus Gerber - 2011-12-13 12:31

      @Cosmos Hate speech typical ANCYL Member

      akaRags - 2011-12-13 13:20

      @Edmund, I agree with you - initially when I heard about her execution, I did not realize she had claimed her innocence from the start, and my first thought was that you go to a country with a death penalty smuggling drugs, it's on your head & if you get caught you may well end up paying with your life. However it seems she had claimed her innocence from the start. We are quick to judge. If she had admitted guilt, apparently she would have been spared the death penalty & faced life imprisonment. The way I see it, the truly innocent will maintain their innocence till the end, which is what Janice Linden did and if that's the case, it's tragic. Noble and tragic. She really might have been innocent. Guilty people will usually do anything to save their skin. Janice Linden seemingly did not. She preferred to maintain her innocence & for that she was executed.

      ashley.snalam - 2011-12-13 13:30

      @ Derrick you really show your lack of intelligence by making such baseless statements which are always racially driven. Dear God do we still live in a apartheid style regime was that not more then 17yrs ago also your implying that the world is racist towards non whites which i highly doubt. If she was white, black, yellow whatever she would've received the exact same sentence and im pretty certain the same comment. So when you evolve and grow a brain that can process proper logical statements please do come back and give a more educated response.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-13 14:12

      @Davieoosie @PaulusGerber, i was just calling for justice against the savages. If i remember well, i didnt mention any particular RACE.If being a farmer in South Africa means u ar white, then be it. O' in my surname stands for my other passport which is Irish, my wife has blue eyes & she is Slovakian. Why u gys think i am a bigot?

      khutso.b - 2011-12-13 15:39

      would you say the same crap if it was your own kid?... killing someone aint the answer

      sachasea - 2011-12-13 17:16

      http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hHarbAHj5d6EjMVKNAeTN96ajddA?docId=CNG.8ad19815029ca4669be532e8366eb5c8.591

      Louis - 2011-12-13 17:51

      I agree Marius, No sympathy. They never think about all the lives destroyed by these drug lords/mules. All they think of is the money. Now one got caught and had to pay the price. Pity the Chinese didn’t execute her the same way their locals are executed, bullet in the back of the head and possibly an unmarked grave. I hope this is a lesson to all those drug lords/mules don’t F..k with the Chinese. As for that specimen locked up in Sao Polo, stay there and don’t come back you scum. That also applies to all those SA’s that are sitting in foreign prisons for the same reason, don’t come back you scum

      mbongenia - 2011-12-13 19:51

      imagine these drugs landing in your son or daughters mouth?

      modmario - 2011-12-14 08:45

      Geez People, FUDGE, JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE, people in glass houses should not throw stones!!!, only pebbles!!!. We will never know the circumstances of this situation, there is so many variables to take into consideration. All I know is I will never visit those Asian bastard countries, they rape the world. Our Government played ball by not giving the Dalai Lama a visa, to please them, why not hand our citizens back to us so we can deal with them in our own manner with compassion!. NO BECAUSE THEY ARE A BUNCH OF UNFAIR MEN WITH SHORT WINKIES, THEY ARE RUDE AND WONT GIVE YOU THE TIME OF DAY!!!!!!to them human lives are expendable guilty or not, because there is so many of them. Do some research people, it is not uncommon for any of the Asian countries, to throw foreigners in jail to rot for decades, for just looking funny at a fern or for chewing gum!!!! Rather steer clear if you are just a Mother, or even a Mule. No amount of drugs will dilate their pupils and open their eyes, they'll keep eating dolphins and dogs(fact)!!!!!

      Marc - 2011-12-14 08:54

      @marius - why is it that the most ignorant, harshest judging, finger-pointing people, are always so incredibly stupid, and the hugest hypocrites around? take george bush or julius malema - they love acting like they have a moral high ground and are the symbols of self righteousness, but they are dumb as a door and corrupt as sin

      Elle-Black - 2011-12-15 08:11

      Maruis I hope for your sake you are never accused of something you didnt do,I'm not saying she didnt do it but the possibility is real

  • Kevin - 2011-12-13 10:33

    jail serves her right! she should stay in sao paolo and never return, a disgrace for our country

      derrick.maha - 2011-12-13 11:40

      Our Judgement is molded by the color of our skins. I wonder if this lady's color was a different shade. Would these statements be the same?These people making all these statements for decades made policies worse than amphetamines that destroyed thousands of lives and no one called for their lethal execution. Twisted Minds. RIP Sister.

      Jason - 2011-12-13 12:31

      @ Derrick - I might not completely agree with Kevin's comment , But you have missed the point with your racial blinding goggles. He is talking about Tessa Beetge who is just wait for it WHITE. You are an idiot. Next time check your facts before commenting.

      Monique - 2011-12-13 13:00

      Derrick stop posting your stupid story everywhere-race has nothing to do with this. Can somebody please tell me why all these women that are caught smuggling drugs lone travellers? Where was her friend? or man? Come on! Who goes to China alone for goodness sake?

      akaRags - 2011-12-13 13:34

      @derrick.maha - race has nothing to do with it, - I assumed because she had an english sounding name she was white, I only just googled her image now, after I read your comment. My comment above was made before I googled her pic and I standy by it - "initially when I heard about her execution, I did not realize she had claimed her innocence from the start, and my first thought was that you go to a country with a death penalty smuggling drugs, it's on your head & if you get caught you may well end up paying with your life. However it seems she had claimed her innocence from the start. We are quick to judge. If she had admitted guilt, apparently she would have been spared the death penalty & faced life imprisonment. The way I see it, the truly innocent will maintain their innocence till the end, which is what Janice Linden did and if that's the case, it's tragic. Noble and tragic. She really might have been innocent. Guilty people will usually do anything to save their skin. Janice Linden seemingly did not. She preferred to maintain her innocence & for that she was executed." It's not to say I know for 100% sure she was innocent - although my gut feeling tells me she probably was innocent & if she was, as I said it's tragic. However if she was guilty, - she knowingly went to a country with the death penalty, smuggling drugs. Black or white, that's a STUPID thing to do.

      Nicholas - 2011-12-13 18:22

      @Derrick, Yesterday someone called 702 and wondered if there would have been such an outcry over her execution had she not been white. He was told to crawl back into his hole. Damed if your white, and damed if you're black, you just can't win!

      modmario - 2011-12-14 08:51

      @Monique.... alot of people travel alone... 75% of all travellers are business people travelling alone. And alot travel to china to trade in what ever plastic shiz they have to offer cheaply!

  • Joanne - 2011-12-13 10:36

    EXCUSE THE HELL ME!!! Have you thought of the lives that blady drug mule is ruining with her carting that rot all over the world? To hell with you lot of idiots who do this - you are all blady murderers man!!

      Andre - 2011-12-13 11:01

      And if someone slipped the drugs into your bag and you where stopped and it found in your possession and arrested - you opinion would still be the same?

      Deeteem - 2011-12-13 11:17

      And she was forced to transport the drugs ?

      Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:25

      @Andre. How is it possible that someone can slip 3kg of drugs into a locked bag, and you do not notice either by wait, or broken lock? I am not saying it impossible, but this needs a lot of co-incidences and pure bad luck.

      Kenny - 2011-12-13 11:41

      Just "glad wrap" your bags before you check it in, then you will know if someone was in your bag.

      Karmah - 2011-12-13 12:21

      @Lenand, dont be so naive man! ASk anybody who does regular flying, they will tell you, your bag goes on the plane sealed, and comes back open or scratched in. It's happened to me 3 times this year!

      Susan - 2011-12-13 17:38

      Have you ever though about getting English lessons? Just saying! You keep saying 'you'- who would you be referring to? I'm not racially sensitive but I'm not ignorant of prejudice either! But are you 100% sure that a correct investigation was run? Are you sure no one slipped anything into her bag? I'm not- so for me to sit here and judge her is pointless. Get the facts, then raise your opinion. I can tell by your response that you are raising your voice- no one is fighting- just people having different opinions- in future, don't raise your voice, improve your argument mam.

      modmario - 2011-12-14 08:58

      @ Joanne you are a twat! and probably and alcoholic! But you probably say you only have a tipple now and again. How does that feel being judged hmmmm, some mules even get forced to do this tipe of thing or else their families gets murdered, just remember for every finger you point my darling... for every finger....!!!!! Stupid Clown!

      sradebe - 2011-12-14 09:19

      @Joanne..it could be you.. it could be your sister..

      Elle-Black - 2011-12-15 08:24

      Joanne people take drugs by choice,so please

  • kayceechick - 2011-12-13 10:37

    Unless she WAS framed, then unfortunately its just not fair. But everyone knows there is the death penalty. SO why do they do it? It brings me back to SA. Everyone cries for the death penalty so that it lowers the crime rate, or discourages. But clearly it doesnt in China? So is there any real need for it in SA?

      Ben - 2011-12-13 10:52

      How would we know if it does not in China.

      Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:27

      @Ben. Perhaps the fact that they continue to employ the death penalty means it is not a deterrent. If it was, the mere threat of the death penalty would be enough to deter whoever wants to bring drugs to China. consider that a Philipino was killed two days ago in China for drug offenses too, and am sure many more die each year for similar offenses. Hardly a deterrent.

      Cina - 2011-12-13 11:59

      @derrick.maha do you only know how to copy and paste don't you have anything else to say it is getting a bit boring now. Don't feel sorry for her she has killed and destroyed how many others lives, just feel sorry for her family.

      Merven - 2011-12-13 12:24

      The poor idiot derrick found some english sentences while googling, being uneducated thus unable to comment in english he keeps on pasting the same crap over and over. Dude, your judgement is molded by the learning capability in your head.

      Coral - 2011-12-13 14:06

      @Derrick.Maha - You are almost as bad as those that spread hate speech bud!!!

      CarnivalJester - 2011-12-13 18:16

      She was used as bait! While they were busy arresting her, the real mule with probaly more drugs, passed through & made his money. At her expence. They plant the shyt in an innocent person's luggage and then watch as the victim is arrested. Drug lords lure women with kindness, attention etc, and the poor women thought she has found her Mr right. Unknowingly, over a period of time He spoils her & hides his true identity and background. He promise's her a great life and marriage. Then says he is going on business, she must follow after couple of days and they'll spend quality time. He arranges for the real Mule to pass with heavier load, while he tips off the cops and she pays the price. May her soul RIP

  • Kay - 2011-12-13 10:42

    Sorry people u can dislike my status and go mad bt i think this was a bit much, imagine needing money and some as$ convinces u to smuggle drugs for alot of money, if u r desperater enough u will do it, sorry, and i can bet u now wen u get caught and realise wat u doing u will regret it with every inch, now imagine being put to death, sorry people who rape and murder should die not people misunderstood, cudve atleast left her in jail, u people r very heartless.Guess nobody knows how it feels to struggle everyday.

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-13 10:45

      But if its foreigners bringing drugs to our country we are quick to call for their heads and now its one of our own we call for mercy!!! Double standards.

      Braam - 2011-12-13 10:58

      Kay.... think plz ur not that DOFF or are u on Tik too.....

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-13 11:06

      @amanda we better start to.....the crime rate here is absolutely mind disturbing....tanx to drugs

      Nosiphom - 2011-12-13 11:23

      Incidentally I was once offered the opportunity to pose as the Owner of a consignement of platinum stolen from the mines. According to the driver of the truck, the smuggler, the customer wanted to "see" the mastermind, because the smuggler always said the goods are not his, but belong to somebody else. I would pose as the owner in the background - he would point me out and I would earn a huge commission. Yes I needed the money, but I had to disappoint him and say no, I can't, because (a) Stealing platinum from the mines is wrong; (b) the risk of being caugh far outwighs any possible gain (c) Had I done it successfully, guaranteed, he would have appered again, with another request and the cycle would go on. I would be addicted to the extra cash, and would never be able to stop. So Desparation or no desparation, say NO to crime - if you don't wanna serve the time (or get the injection for that matter).

      Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:28

      @Kay. I disagre with you. Many of these people are not desperate. They are greedy. I do not discount that some are in distress, but ask yourself, how did they come to know of the pushers?

      Mary-Ann - 2011-12-13 12:00

      Well said Kay

      lizette.becker - 2011-12-13 12:35

      Kay, I agree with you. My sister is also in a prison in Brazil Together with Tessa Beetge. And yes, my sister had a tough life. People always say drugs kill people, BUT, arent the DRUG USERS actually the ones to blame too. If you know a drug can kill you, then why use it? Still, These Nigerians go for the poorer vulnerable ladies. and in my sister's eyes, it was a very easy way to make money. Bear in mind, my sister only has a grade 9, not because she didnt want to go to school, but because we had an alcoholic father who abused us and refused to pay school fees. My sister couldnt find a proper job which actually pays well. So, this was a very easy way for her. Even though she knew what was at risk, she still took the chance. But, that doesnt mean she was a bad person. Im sure that if this lady did do the crime, she must have a had a pritty good reason. My condolencs to her family. When i heard this on the news, i immediately went down on my knees and thanked GOD that my sister was never sent to China.

  • JamesBotha1 - 2011-12-13 10:44

    If she was prepared to die to proof she was not guilty maybe she was really innocent and at a wrong place at the wrong time. We heard so many stories when a person was sentence and years later they were found not guilty. If they catch you tomorrow and it was you, and you knew, I did not to this crime, what would you do? Choose the life sentence to proof they were right and you are guilty or to make a clear statement, I rather die to show the world I was prepared to give my life to say I am innocent. We will not really know who is telling the truth and not, but it is clear she was prepared to pay that price to make that statement. She was innocent. Believe whatever you want to believe, whatever makes you happy to believe ..

      Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:29

      Maybe you can buy time and prove your innocence?

      Delton - 2011-12-13 12:48

      Agree with you fully James. Why would she not admit guilt an get off the death sentence? She must have been innocent!

  • Chris - 2011-12-13 10:45

    Enough of this now. Are we expected to have compassion for people committing crime? You do crime you pay the price.

  • Jan - 2011-12-13 10:46

    I sympathize with the family, however if your child commits murder, the child must bear the punishment. Pushing drugs is causing death and despair, if you are a drug mule,you are part of the murderous process. Would anyone feel sorry for a gunrunner? Is a drug mule not the same thing? I cannot help to question on what brought your child to the point where she becomes an willing accessory to murder? What social values did you teach her? Wanting the government to take responsibility for your child's conduct and involvement in attempted murder is ridiculous. Again, I am sorry for your grief, but this grief belongs in the private domain.

      Mike - 2011-12-13 15:18

      Using this logic if I drive under the influence of a few beers and I kill someone should I expect to be put to death? and should we blame my parents for bringing me up badly? Just remember that more deaths are caused by drinking and driving than drug abuse.

  • brionyl.french - 2011-12-13 10:49

    No sympathy for stupid people who think that by being a mule there problems will be solved... Your drug trafficing... I say You do the crime you do the time and if its in a clever country that has the death penalty then your the stupid fool to take that chance... I actually wish the death penalty was here so we could control our problem. If you break the law you pay the price.... What is so hard to comprehend????

  • James - 2011-12-13 11:00

    So sad that fellow South Africans, simply because of our own resentment of local crime, have little sympathy for a girl cruelly put to death. The punishment does not fit the crime. 10 years in jail would ensure no repeat offences and would be a perfectly adequate deterrent. I was saddened by this execution yesterday. So saddened. Between that and all the animal cruelty going on, I think it's best to try and avoid the news and stick with the business media.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-13 11:16

      nonsense james.they were fully aware what the punishment for the crime was.they must suffer for their stupidity

      Bryan - 2011-12-13 11:51

      I agree James. You make a valid point. People have no clue surrounding the circumstances of this individual.I am ashamed at how blood thirsty people have become.

  • Bennie - 2011-12-13 11:00

    Will the family be writing sympathy letters to the lives that Janice destroyed with her drug business?

  • Andre - 2011-12-13 11:00

    simple really, harsh penalties for drug smuggling = less drug trade. Good for China!

  • Simon - 2011-12-13 11:01

    look we all feel sad about it but at the end of the day how many lives whould be destroyed ny drugs. Look in the history , a man was executed for 555g of substance , not even 3kg. When a country have laws and standards , they must use it for everyone , it is sad but that is how it works , if the person wasnt South Africa , no one whould even fuss about it , so guys that fuss , get over it , it is the law that she broke and the law was followed and implemented . Just wish SA will use the law that they implemented

      Simon - 2011-12-13 13:51

      To derick You are another Malema fan, This has got nothing to do with race of skin colour , she broke the law , and that is final . I agree it is Harch but that is the law of the country she broke . Dont matter if you are white , black , Indian , coloured , any colour. If you break the law you must take the punishment. The only reason why the fuss is because it is a south African . If it was a American or Nigerian , what's the diffs , there's nothing , If you break the law , you deserve the punishment.

  • VoiceOfReason - 2011-12-13 11:02

    I wonder if every country in the world were to administer the death sentence for drug related crimes such as smuggling, growing, dealing etc how long it would take to wipe out the international drug trade?

      Andre - 2011-12-14 11:18

      exactly...we all sit here and say shame poor girl she had no choice her circumstances and upbringing led her to this life of drug trading....everyone makes a choice at the end of the day...and drugs is always a stupid choice...if everyone knew they would potentially be killed if they were caught, then the thought wouldn't even cross their mind...i think its absolute rubbish that we have to excuse the behaviour based purely on the fact they had a bad upbringing and were desperate for money. If you're stupid enough to consider a life of crime then pay for the consequences, whatever it is...the harsher the punishment, the less likely you are to consider it...simple.

  • DieSeL - 2011-12-13 11:02

    There is always a "what if" What if she was innocent and the drugs really had been placed in her bag without her knowledge? Maybe by baggage handling staff who were trying to smuggle it across? The punishment of death is permanent. (obviously) Maybe a life sentence would make more sense... Anyways you cant trust media reports. Highveld stereo reported that the family had no knowledge of her execution and found out through the media. News24 sings a different song. Not the first time I've seen inaccuracies in reporting...

  • mmakgaboe - 2011-12-13 11:03

    "How do you know for a fact that someone didn't find a way to put the drugs in her bag without her knowing about it?" Well Edmund, she had told the family that she was "going to work in the UK"... so personally that to me just sounds a bit too suspicious. What on earth was she doing in China then? I really feel sorry for her family, but she got herself into this.

      Edmund - 2011-12-13 11:20

      Suspicion is not fact, if you want to condemn someone to death for a crime they may have committed. Surely you must be able to prove 100% without a doubt that nobody had access to the bag. Corruption is everyone, with the huge amount of money bribes happen quite easily. China does not have the best history around going the extra mile when finding people guilty. If drugs are found in your bag guilty you are.

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-13 11:04

    everybody is talking but please stop and think" did she commit the crime" before everything, what if she died for something she did not do?

      Mursebul - 2011-12-13 13:14

      The thing with drug and other dealers in all sorts of contraband is that they think that authorities are idiots, which they are not. There is a saying " they can fool some peaple some time, but they cannot fool all the peaple all the time!" and just in that theyy get their asses in trouble, maybe literally!!

  • Daleen - 2011-12-13 11:04

    I dont feel sorry for them, right now for them it is about their sorrows but they dont mention the fact that due to trafficking other people loose their children in much worse places. Then people want to cry about human rights, stuff that you do the crime in a country where you know what their laws are then you must suffer.

  • Charlie - 2011-12-13 11:12

    have you noticed tht almost every time a drug mule is caught, he/she didn't know that he was carrying drugs

  • Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:13

    In a better place? Where could that be? Not to sound callous, but as a non-religious person I fail to understand how one thanks god that thir drug mule daughter was caught in another country not another. What about those victims affected by her daughter's greed? As going to a better place, how would she know? If there was a better place, why would we fight so hard to remain here?

      Ben - 2011-12-13 11:24

      religion is what you believe, not what you can prove. While we are here and wish to stay here, we should try not to harm other people, cause you never know.

  • Paul Stuart Buckby - 2011-12-13 11:22

    let's assume for a moment that she was innocent and didn't know about the 3kg of meth, which I appreciate is a fair amount of weight.  There is power in truth and this power possibly gave her the will to overcome her fears.  For me, if I was in her position and I was innocent, I might say I was guilty at the very last moment to avoid execution, but Linden didn't. She stuck to her story. We are not talking about a slap on the wrist here, but lethal injection. Maybe she was guilty and weighing up her options, didn't want to spend the rest of her life in jail, but again if it was me and I was guilty, I would choose life over death any day. Wouldn't you? I would think it would be the exception to the norm that a guilty person would not own up before being executed.

      Perfume - 2011-12-13 13:35

      She only knew an hour before her execution she was going to die, I am trying to figure out, even on her "death" bed so to speak, why did she keep quiet, why become a sacrifice for a drug lord. Whoever she was the "runner" for has already found somebody else to carry out his/their dirty deeds. We will be reading much of drug mules being either sentenced to death or serving lengthy sentences. Again we ask "why did she opt to keep quiet"??

  • Charmain - 2011-12-13 11:25

    WHY DO DRUGS YOU CAN MAKE MONEY IN OHER WAYS. ALL DRUG DEALERS AND PUSHERS SHOULD HANG SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD HAVE THE SAME LAW BUT THEN LOOK WHO IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY THEY WILL LOOSE PLENTY MONEY THE COPS TAKE AWAY AND SELL THE STUFF NO SYMPATHY FROM ME people know what other countries laws are but still take a do the sh*t

  • Charmain - 2011-12-13 11:27

    our gov will not help our people re China but China runs SA that is why the Dala Lama did not visit. Hope the DA takes over this Country SOON

      Paulus Gerber - 2011-12-13 12:13

      Amen @ Charmaine

  • Mike - 2011-12-13 11:30

    If this had been Zuma's daughter you can be certain heaven and hell would have been moved to get her released. The sentence is archaic and the ones to suffer for the rest of their lives are the innocent family. What have they done to be punished like this? Man's inhumanity has no bounds.

      Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:36

      If it was Zuma's daughter, perhaps she would have known better not to traffic drugs into China? I think such comparisons detract from the real issue. I agree bthe sentence is barbaric, but you cannot compare a situation of a father saving her daughter and a president using diplomatic channels to save the life of someone found guilty of an offense. We have a few Chinese and Thai nationals in our jails on trial for killing our fauna. Should it matter if it was the son of the Chinese Premier?

      Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 16:18

      You probably right if she had political cronies she would of walked. That doesn't make justify smuggling killer drugs. Crystal meth is not your average joint. It has tragic consequences for the user .

  • northsgn - 2011-12-13 11:32

    Drug mules have no place in this world send them the chamber

      northsgn - 2011-12-13 11:51

      @derrick typical black man bringing the race card up again btw it only works in South Africa

      Mike - 2011-12-13 12:16

      Have you considered the possibility that this woman was not guilty? She had the chance to save her own life by pleading guilty, but didn't.

  • Lenand - 2011-12-13 11:42

    For those proposing death penalty for South Africa, consider that the ANC is in power. It is the ANC that appointed Heath, into heading the SIU where he seemingly intent to revenge those who pissed him off. Of course, we know the competence of the ANC and yet we trust them to decide who lives or die?

  • Mary-Ann - 2011-12-13 11:54

    Although everyone is entitled to their own viewpoint, there really are some very low consciousness individuals on these pages. Yes, crime is crime. But punishment should suit the crime. While guilt is in question, you can't execute a potentially innocent individual. On top of that, is it the drug mules that should be dealt with so harshly? The guilty ones are usually desperate for money and are specifically targeted in their vulnerability. The dealers and drug lords are the ones making obscene wealth off the lives of others. That's murder in my book. Punish a drug mule with prison term if you have to - but not by death. Reserve that for the king pins.

      northsgn - 2011-12-13 11:58

      how meny people die from drugs death is a good sentance for her

  • Andrew - 2011-12-13 11:56

    Edmundyouneedtogofor an IQ test. How on earth do you get 1.5kg. put into your dreadlocks without knowing it. You are the defination of utter stupidity. Rather keep your mouth shut than showing all what an imbecile you are. She must hang???

      northsgn - 2011-12-13 11:57

      i aggree hang that rubish scum

      Edmund - 2011-12-13 20:07

      Andrew, the drugs were found in her bag and not on her? Never mind dreadlocks?! You read an article about women that do this and it does not relate to this woman. I agree fully to any punishment when the drugs are found on the person, specially when obviously hidden in shoes, hair ect. However innocent people are being executed when corrupt individuals plant drugs in their bags without their knowledge. Insults are of no value in decent debates.

  • Sue - 2011-12-13 12:02

    I agree that smuggling drugs is a crime , her circumstances were probably poor and it was her way of surviving poverty, however the sentance WAS harsh and unjust for her crime, the supplier of the drugs should be executed not her.

  • Marlon - 2011-12-13 12:15

    Its totally insane that the chinese have no respect for human life. I dont condone the use of drugs or distrubution of it. Theres an influx of illegal chinese residents in SA and thus far they were tolerated. The execution will surely lead to violence in the near future in SA.... there is no way that the SA citizens will condone this.

  • George - 2011-12-13 12:19

    @ Cosmos O'Ndebele Please let people think you are stupid than opening mouth and conferming

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 12:21

    How many death sentences was she carrying in her bag. It's a shame they could only execute her once. The effects of tic are horrendous,

  • Philile - 2011-12-13 12:31

    Chinese abuse Africans whilst we kowtow to them. This execution is evil and unfair to a country that has welcomed Chinese with open arms. Chinese shld realise if they want to be acceptable in Africa they have to stop this thuggery. Executting a women i'm an angry Zimbabwean

      Brenda - 2011-12-13 12:41

      Soon this will be a Chinese colony. Imagine the future.

  • Pieter - 2011-12-13 12:56

    Just a question, what business did this South African woman have in China?

      Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 16:14

      She was trading in crystal meth. Isn't that obvious, I doubt the chinks would of executed a importer of plastic Chinese junk.

  • Mursebul - 2011-12-13 13:01

    OMG, The USA makes use of legislation combatting chemical warfare in some cases, this is how bad this drug is. But we are so nice to users and fabricators of these drugs that we feel sorry for them when they do get cought, why? They know what this drug do and what financial benefits they gain, so why care for them? Does this all start with the ag dagga is just a fun thing to do that ends up in the regular use and even corrupt others to "join in the fun", who sits with the problems once the "joke" turns into an addict? I am with China and the rest of the countries who hands down harsh punishment when dealing with this issue, or are we just another nation where more users are symphitisers?

  • Hendrik - 2011-12-13 13:13

    Did she not perhaps make a very wise choice? Lifetime in a Chinese prison? That does not sound like a picnic at all. This woman might just have considered the options very clearly and made a choice which was more acceptable to her?

  • Joann - 2011-12-13 13:29

    You know as much as i hate drugs, and have seen first hand at what it can do to people, I still feel that this law in China is very Harsh.

  • Benmica - 2011-12-13 13:37

    Yes, drugs kill people. It is better for the pedlars and smugllers to die that our children.

  • Mpho Gwala - 2011-12-13 13:56

    If you do the crime then be prepared to do the time or face whatever consequences there are. No pity here

  • liesl.brown1 - 2011-12-13 14:02

    how ironic! our ppl gets death sentences overseas when found with drugs in their possession...yet ppl come into our country, planning to kill their brides and they get to go back to their country (after we knew it was him!!!) and we are still fighting to get him back into the country to trial him here to get a life sentence of what 27 years???????? That is what life sentences are going for these days. I think either SA should step up on their fight to have their ppl brought back to SA to get trialed in our country OR push up the sentencing here in SA. My condolences goes out to Bronwyn's family.

  • Mark - 2011-12-13 14:07

    I have no sympathy for her. She knew that these drugs would eventually kill someone - it did - her. Good

      Mike - 2011-12-13 15:08

      You, amongst so many of the commentators on this forum, have lost your sense of humanity. An eye for an eye seems to be your motto. Did the family deserve to lose their daughter? Have you any idea how empty their lives will be forever.Whilst I am no reigious nut I do believe that we should not have the right to kill any human being. Life is a God-given gift and who are we to take it away? And who have us have never committed an act that could threaten someone elses life - speeding and drunken driving come to mind. Should we put all of these people to death as well?

  • Danilla - 2011-12-13 14:56

    Maybe she WAS guilty - but chose NOT to spend the rest of her life in a chinese prison with regards to harsh circumstances etc. - and decided that she rather wanted to die... and thus did not plead guilty. I wouldn't want to spend 30 or so odd years in a chinese prison!

  • Tame - 2011-12-13 15:23

    To all of you good people who read news24, whats wrong with you today? Why are we being so mean today. This woman carried drugs into China OR was made to carry drugs unaware. Whatever the case, we should look at the crime and the punishment. If the same rules were applied here and a member of your family was caught in a similar situation, would you celebrate her death? I think not. Let's condemn all criminal acts including drug trafficking. But lets rise beyond personal hatred and have empathy. She could easily have been a victim and she may be black, but she is one of us. Please I implore you not to be too harsh and judgemental. China is definitely NOT our best friend and if it wasn't for the ANC government, we would probably have very little dealings with them. Please show some empathy knowing fully well that the Chinese justice system is NOT as good as ours and they could have excecuted an innocent person. Whichever way, we will NOT condon drug traffickers because they ruin lives, but neither should we celebrate a death especially if we have doubts about the person's guilt. Please South Africa, let's stand united against crime, but with sobre minds.

  • Mike - 2011-12-13 15:25

    Seeing that so many people seem to think that this sentace is right maybe we should start a campaign to have all the tobacco companies executives put to death. There are family fortunes (I will not mention names but we know who they are) made out of the death and misery caused by smoking (which is a drug, whether you like it or not). We can probably all name at least half a dozen people who have died as a direct result of smoking.

      Neil - 2011-12-13 15:34

      Come on Mike, this is not a thought through comment. Lets put all the fastfood executives to death for the heart attackes given to millions. Lets Put the liquor executives to death for all the drunken drivers? Lets put all the mothers/fathers to death for not educating their kids? Some stuff is not right, but not illegal. Newsflash: drugs are illegal!

      Mike - 2011-12-13 15:39

      Neil. You are spot on correct. If we follow on the logic of this sentance then that is exactly what should happen. That's what makes it such an absurdity. However, tobacco is a drug (very addictive one), no argument can convince me otherwise.

      Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 16:09

      Why not just legalize meth then. Gives you the freedom to choose your killer .

  • lulekwa.gqiba - 2011-12-13 15:48

    Now I'm confused. Other papers say the sisters were actually not allowed to tell her that she was going to be executed that day, here it says the sisters decided not to. Another question, what was she doing in China? Why was it that her parents only found out about this only this year when they were watching the news? What else was done to prove her innocence? Also, we read that she's 35, 36, 37 or 38. Nonetheless, this is sad for the family.

  • Rudolph - 2011-12-13 16:21

    NO MORE!! sympathy for criminals – Execute all drug dealers, murderers, rapists and paedophile’s! Bring back the death penalty, we are sick of crime!!!

  • jvwesthuizen1 - 2011-12-13 16:22

    Just a random question: Should the woman have been from America, would the Chinese still have done the lethal injection? Our government tried to protect diplomatic relations and lucrative deals with China, and threw a blind eye to this woman. Look if she is guilty, there is no nead to kill her. The Chinese think they can play god with our SA people. I am not excusing her behaviour because drugs does cause havoc into peoples lives but we do not have the death penalty here so why implement it there!!!!!!!

  • Erica - 2011-12-13 16:25

    Imagine how desperate you must be to smuggle drugs, even though you know that you have a very good chance of being caught, and the penalty is death?! Yes, drugs kill people, but all drugs are taken VOLUNTARILY. Nobody has ever been forced to take drugs. No drug addict is a "victim" - it was a choice. It is a case of supply and demand, just like prostitution. Prostitutes are never executed, even though their trade is also potentially lethal (AIDS). There is a prostitute on every street corner, but it is up to the individual whether or not to make use of their services. Same goes for drug dealers. Drug use is a crime of choice and not deserving of the death penalty. The drug supply depends 100% on the drug demand. Where there is a demand for something, someone will create a supply. Exactly the same applies to prostitutes, alcohol, food products, and goods such as bigger houses, faster cars, more advanced gadgets, fancier clothes, "designer" pets - and rhino horn. Poachers are more deserving of death, since their victims are truly innocent.

  • Kerry - 2011-12-13 16:29

    why did they only tell her one hour before she died

  • aardvarkie - 2011-12-13 16:32

    Drug traffickers are murderers in my books. The drugs they peddle cause millions of people to die from drug overdoses, but also drug addicts out of their minds kill and steal for their next hit. Absolutely no sympathy here.