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SA execution: Zuma tried to intervene

2011-12-12 09:12

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma tried to intervene in the execution of a South African woman in China, the department of international relations said on Monday.

"He [Zuma] did intervene. All the necessary interventions were done at every possible level, even the highest ones," department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

"Everything had to happen through diplomatic processes and there is very little that can be done around that."

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane appealed to the Chinese delegation at the UN climate change talks in Durban for help regarding the case, but to no avail, The Mercury reported.

“All the necessary interventions were made by the department and even by the minister. On several occasions the minister engaged with her Chinese counterpart, even on the sidelines of COP 17," Monyela said.

Lethal injection


Janice Bronwyn Linden, 35, from KwaZulu-Natal, was executed by lethal injection in China on Monday for drug smuggling.

She was arrested in Guangzhou in November 2008 after she was caught with three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (tik) in her luggage.

She was convicted of drug smuggling in 2009.

Monyela said members of Linden's family were present for the execution.

"We have been working very closely with the family, and our embassy officials are there to provide the family with consular support," he said.

One of Linden's relatives told The Mercury: "We communicated with letters. She said she didn't know how the drugs got into her luggage. She thought she was being framed," he said.

"Her sentence is not justified. How can you take a person's life for three kg's of methamphetamine?"

Chinese officials would cremate her body and return her ashes to the family, he said.

Maintained innocence


An eNews correspondent in Asia said her execution could have been commuted to a life sentence if Linden had confessed to the smuggling, but she had maintained her innocence.

Monyela said the department could not comment on the report because it was not aware of the Chinese government's reasons for going through with the execution.

The execution would also not impact South Africa's trade relationship with China, he said.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama cancelled an intended trip to South Africa to attend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday on October 7 after not receiving a visa on time.

Earlier this month Home affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni said South Africa's Brics membership, and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's recent visit to China were all taken into account when deciding whether to grant the visa.

Comments
  • Larry - 2011-12-12 09:16

    What did he do? Yap at their heels? Rubbish. Apart from her getting the same justice as anyone else, Zuma does not have any credibility or influence, in China, or elsewhere.

      Jono - 2011-12-12 09:31

      Why must he intervene? So every time someone does something illegal overseas our president must come to their aid? Please, before you know it people would be using that card in RSA too!

      Foc - 2011-12-12 10:00

      When the shoe is on the other foot it is not so sumple.... it was SO easy to listen to China when they refused the visa for the Dalai Lama ... but when RSA needed a 'favour' in return China didnt want to play ball.... Now we clearly see who is BOSS .... I bet Mandirin will be our 12th official language in 10 years time!!

      David - 2011-12-12 10:21

      Yes Foc, so much for "our friends". Seems like a very one-sided friendship this.

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-12 10:44

      Truly disappointed in the Chinese and South African Government.

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-12-12 10:57

      We are so the sock puppets here. Thou shall not give visa to the Dailai Lama. We shall not listen to your whining. . . Anyhoo, I am sure the poor girl had 'good reasons' to be a mule. There always are. But I do feel sorry for he family though.

      BA - 2011-12-12 11:00

      What does our constitution got to do with the rights of a SA criminal in China? Is it now OK for SA Chinese to eat dogs since it's not against their laws?

      Marc - 2011-12-12 11:13

      drugs will always be here there and everywhere, no matter how illegal they are and how many death penalties are handed out. the higher the risk the higher the profits.naiive people think the death penalty will change things in society, but you change things with rehabilitation and empathy, changing at the root causes - not with fascism and murder. idiots

  • Mark - 2011-12-12 09:18

    "The execution would also not impact South Africa's trade relationship with China" - of course it won't......

      tbooze - 2011-12-12 09:26

      best thing he can do now is preventing this from happening again , lets start with those nigerians who sell shoes by day but drive expensive cars, she was just a drop in the ocean because these Nigerians recruit these girls from poor communities .

      Lánsamir - 2011-12-12 09:48

      Maybe we also need some execution to curb crime levels, including drug manufacture and trafficking

  • Hangwani - 2011-12-12 09:19

    She was framed

      Kaizer - 2011-12-12 10:05

      yep, by the same person who framed Shaik and McBride.

      Gregory - 2011-12-12 10:27

      You know it, so hand yourself over Hangwani

      Warwick - 2011-12-12 10:37

      Must have been Aglioti becuase only in this country does a convicted drug dealer walk around a free man.

      Perplexed - 2011-12-12 10:45

      Where where the drugs found? In here luggage? How many of you here have had stuff stolen from your luggage while flying? Oh yes - it must be here drugs because the Chinese say so and their ability and want to investigate is so good and internationally acclaimed! Seems to me it is just as easy to put drugs in a bag as it is to steal from them! There is the possiblity that she is innocent of this crime...show me the overwhelming evidence apart from some drugs in a bag and not just the word of a chinese official- who's word- from our collective experience should be taken with a pinch of salt at best! Secondly- Drug mules are normally victims themselves- Our sons and daughters...Baying for her blood- Shame!...I wonder how hard it would be for a luggage handler to place ANYTHING into one of your bags?- And yes there are plenty of reasons to do so!(like the enorm of giving the police a distraction while a larger shipment goes through!)

      Jay - 2011-12-12 10:57

      If you travel overseas without the correct locks on your bags then you are stupid. 3 Kilos? thats alot of Tik! I feel for her family but i dont know about her innocence. Who the hell wants to travel to that country anyway?

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-12 09:22

    So JZ tried to save a drug mule while law abiding citizens get killed in SA by criminals.

      tbooze - 2011-12-12 09:32

      Poloyatonki your name doesn't sound like a south african ,its funny how you north african people always complain how we run things here where as we are hosting you ,you know damn well you the one who bring all these drugs here and target poor girls to transport them for you

      tmukasa - 2011-12-12 09:40

      @tbooze, are you generalizing by saying that all north African ppl bring drugs into SA? IF you dislike @poloyatonki's comment, then address it in a manner where you not insulting other African ppl living in this country. Lets not generalize here and rather say that the ppl that bring drugs into this country are the problem here.

      Nitesh - 2011-12-12 09:51

      @ Poloyatonki, damn, this is the 1st time i actually agree with U....well said...

      sechaba.lenong - 2011-12-12 10:05

      tbooze, i will be surprised if you say your name is Thabo and can't determine that Poloyatonki is Sesotho.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-12 10:24

      belinda.. are you saying JZ must safe drug mule other than protecting law abiding citizens from criminals?

      Cameronl - 2011-12-12 10:31

      @Belinda -uh what part of getting caught with 3 kgs of meth DONT you understand (a mule is a mule whether it be one time or multiple times) At the end of the day thats a hell of a lot of drugs she was caught transporting (sounds like a mule to me)

      Verona - 2011-12-12 10:48

      Right on!

  • Jacqui - 2011-12-12 09:23

    Since everything Zuma tries fails, Iam not surprised this pathetic effort didn't work. If he had told the Chinese their actions would have consequences, just like they did with the visit of the Dalai Lama, he may have been able to save her life.

      VoiceOfReason - 2011-12-12 10:51

      I doubt it would, China has executed many different nationals for drug smuggling including British where the British government took a much more tougher and public stance but to no avail.

  • Kobus - 2011-12-12 09:23

    Hey Mr Chinese Pressie, please dont execute our SA girl? O, you are going ahead with it? OK then, thats fine with me. At least I tried really very hard and will convey this msg to my people...

  • Sphiwe - 2011-12-12 09:25

    This was a tough one indeed, I can imagine the intervention by the Dept. of International relations with their counterparts just being subtle and at the same time requesting some serious law's to be changed in China, tough one indeed...A damn shame however if she was innocent of the crime, what was she doing in China in the 1st place?

      Jason - 2011-12-12 09:35

      Don't know the facts of case if she was framed or whatever the case. But the fact is that if you want to avoid a drug problem in your nation, death sentence for smugglers would do it. I know I'll be checking all my luggage when traveling to Asia..

      Foc - 2011-12-12 10:14

      Sphiwe .... uhm people DO go to China for holidays you know ... some even go there for business .....

  • MoAfrika - 2011-12-12 09:26

    The main question do South Africans not want or want death penalty to come back? If they want it then why on earth are they angry to China??? If they dont want it, then why all the noise about it coming back???

      Ulindi - 2011-12-12 09:48

      punishment should fit the crime

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-12 10:00

      @Ulindi yes it should , she should have taken the 3kg of meth and smoked it ! Then the punishment would have fitted the crime. Damn the man.

      PB - 2011-12-12 10:21

      Ulindi - do you have any clue of how many people's lives would have been destroyed by 3 kg of Meth? I think in this case the punishment does fit the crime. What are the chances of being framed, in this day and age? Whenever you travel overseas, there are questions about allowing other people access to your luggage etc. I would be mighty surprised if she was innocent. If South Africa had stricter laws concerning drugs and they actually implemented the punishment, we would have a hell of a lot less crime (which is very narrowly connected to drug users)

      MoAfrika - 2011-12-12 10:25

      @PB that now makes me think, from which country did she fly from? if SA, then definitely life is very easy down here

  • Patrick - 2011-12-12 09:27

    there are other equally unpleasant ways to punish someone.the death penalty is barbaric and doesn't belong in civilised society. I think we should return the favour and execute a few Chinese nationals caught smuggling abalone or rhino horn.

      MoAfrika - 2011-12-12 09:45

      even the ones that ship people in tanks should be dealt with accordingly...I bet South Africans that are in China don't even make 1/3 of Chines that are in SA...

      Jay - 2011-12-12 11:02

      The Chinese wouldn't care!

      Micheal - 2011-12-12 11:20

      @Patrick.....that sounds damn fare to me bro!! yeah...tchuck the smuggling idiots in jail for a few months then execute them....but no..instead, in this country, if they get caught smuggling any of that stuff ALL they get is a quick, fast and easy deportation back to chink-land....yes you cant compare these 2 things realy, but if some one can be given a death penalty for smuggling drugs ( and then its not even 100% sure that SHE WAS GUILTY ) then why cant we deal out the death penality ( if we had it ofcourse ) to sum1 smuggling rhino horn ect. out of this country ?? then you will quickly c how fast china will react...i cant believe our spineless president didnt take a stronger stand against this, what if it was sum1 from his family that got caught smuggling? what then??...as dependent as china might think we are of them the same can be said for the reverse, If our president took a stronger stand, grew sum balls and got sum back bone mayb this could have had a diffrent outcome....at the least they could have tried to do summing to avoid the death penalty,,,an to those twats saying this an that about the luggage.....it is way way easy to plant summing in sum1's bag...it is very very easy!! picking ppls "pockets" isnt just for stealing things but also planting stuff( drugs ect )

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-12 09:28

    Karma is a itch with a capital B !! 1. You break rules in foreign countries, you pay the price ! 2. You get what you vote for !!

  • Ben - 2011-12-12 09:29

    Of course we expected him to try intervening. Problem is that the law in China includes people from other countries and to make an exeption, there would have to be extenuating circumstances. Otherwise, what message would come to other people in China.

  • northsgn - 2011-12-12 09:29

    let the the bitch die sumggle drugs u need to die

      northsgn - 2011-12-12 09:31

      just think how meny people she whoud have killing with 3kg of tik

      ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2011-12-12 09:46

      To northsgn - How can you call her names if you don't have the facts of what really happened. If there was death penalty for spelling mistakes you also would have been cremated by now.

      Michael - 2011-12-12 10:11

      @northsgn - before condemning so vigorously consider for a moment that the woman turned down living rather than admit guilt - don't you think that may have been cause for added investigation at least?

      northsgn - 2011-12-12 10:22

      @Michael drug mules dont care its quik buck and they are told the risk so thats why she did not confess ect

      Karl - 2011-12-12 10:58

      @ReunionofIntelligentMinds if you want to be pedantic, his spelling is fine, it's his grammar which is bit off. Yor username doesn't seem to hold much credibility anymore?

      Bryan - 2011-12-12 11:02

      @Northsgn You need to reassess your outlook on humanity. P.S Stop trying to add me on Facebook. I do not associate with individuals like you.

      Jay - 2011-12-12 11:05

      I'm pretty sure she would have been told that if she confessed it would be life in prison but if she maintains innocents then its death. Seriously which would you choose. I for one would not want to spend the next 40 years in a Chinese prison! Give me the needle!

      Micheal - 2011-12-12 11:34

      @northsgn.....you are a narrow minded, big mouthed idiot! mayb one day you will be traveling sumplace ( hopefuly china ) an sum1 will drop a key of heroin in your bag and you will get convicted.......alas....WE CAN ONLY HOPE!!

  • Bryan - 2011-12-12 09:30

    I do not care what you guys think.... My heart and prayers still go out to her family. The punishment does not fit the crime. She could have very easily learned her lesson with a 5 year sentence. People make mistakes, you people who sit at your desks and demand blood thirsty justice make me sick.

      northsgn - 2011-12-12 09:41

      wait until somthing happens to u will change ur tune

      MoAfrika - 2011-12-12 09:42

      how do u justify it??? sometimes they give punishment to say to the rest of South African citizens not to even try their luck in China. this to me was just a message to say we will do even more. Jerr, im sure if they found 10kg they would have declared a war against SA...

      Ronald - 2011-12-12 09:51

      Yes, the punishment might not fit the crime, but we are looking broader impact instead of the individual. The message sent out to drug dealers and couriers in unambiguous, you get caught, you will be executed. For Janice this might have been a once off, but many make a good living out of being drug mules. A jail term of 5 years is no deterrent. With internationally publicized cases like these they will re-think their method of income.

      lizette.becker - 2011-12-12 09:52

      I agree with you Bryan. My sister is currently in Brazil for smuggling drugs. She has been there almost three years. We also communicate via letters, But one think for sure, Those three years have definately taught her her lesson. She will hopefully only be coming home in 2012. But already, she is a changed person! Death sentence is definately NOT the punishment fit for this crime. RIP, And my thoughts and prayers to your family.

      Garth - 2011-12-12 09:52

      You are incorrect, whether you give a damn or not, in one part of your post: `She could have very easily learned her lesson with a 5 year sentence.' You are naive or ignorant or you have only just landed on planet earth. Time in gaol does not work for murderers. Murderer, you ask? Anyone selling hard drugs is a murderer. If she was framed, admit to the charge of smuggling, get a life sentence, through proper diplomacy have it commuted to SA and then . . . oh wait, proper diplomacy would mean having competent diplomats. Not a chance with the ignorants running this country! So, death by injection was the quicker option then . . .

      lizette.becker - 2011-12-12 10:04

      @ Garth. If you read the first article properly, You would have seen that they only informed her about the Death sentence on the day of the execution. How would she have know? I'm sure if she did know, she would have pleaded guilty! IDIOT!

      Bryan - 2011-12-12 10:13

      @Garth It took me a while read your response because your grammar is atrocious. You seem to be a bit all over the place so I will try to address each point you made individually, as best I can. "You are naive or ignorant or you have only just landed on planet earth." - I guess you want me to pick one right? I will probably go with the 'just landed on planet earth' because I must be martian to understand where you are coming from. "Time in Gaol does not work for murderers." - She was convicted and Jailed for being a drug mule. I fail to see the correlation. "Murderer you ask?" - I never asked. "Anyone selling hard drugs is a murderer?" - Again, she was not selling drugs, she was transporting drugs, the dog whom manipulated/fooled/threatened/blackmailed/etc her into transporting the drugs is the the dealer. "If she was framed, admit to the charge of smuggling?" - I am sorry what? If you are innocent. You do not plead guilty. Getting a life sentence in a Chinese prison is may in fact be worse than the death penalty. I am not gonna address the rest of your post because frankly you have a very shallow outlook on humanity. So let me make myself clear and place myself in her shoes. If, I were convicted of drug trafficking and received a 5 year sentence. I promise you, during those 5 years, I would radically reassess my life and make better decisions. I have not got the power to change no nonsense policies but I can send my prayers and thoughts to those affected by drugs.

      northsgn - 2011-12-12 10:24

      Bryan stop talking bull 5 years is nothing for killing people with drugs

      Vicker - 2011-12-12 10:27

      @Bryan: Im sure you would reconsider your opinion if your kid OD'd on meth that this woman muled in...

      wilana.olivier - 2011-12-12 10:29

      @lizette.becker - She was only notified on the day of her execusion that she was going to die. She KNEW what the sentence was. Everybody does. My one friend lives in China and he was informed beforehand by Chinese officials in a nice way not to try something stupid. As one of the comments stated - they REPEATEDLY inform you of the sentence for smuggling on the plane. You are very well informed by the attendands priop to landing. I am sorry about your sister and glad to hear she changed her view on getting involved in this type of business, but the fact remain that if you get caught you are subject to the country's law.

      Bryan - 2011-12-12 10:41

      @Vicker Please bare in mind that this "woman" is not the source of the problem. I promise you, these mules are very vulnerable people. People whom are addicts themselves or have been manipulated into making doing this. I am holistically against the drug trade but my heart goes out to victims of this industry. Ultimately, the meth never hit the streets. This woman has been executed and I want to pray for her family. You can hate me for it but it does not matter. My heart goes out to victims. She is as much a victim in my mind as addicts of methamphetamine. Focus your blood thirsty attitude further up the supply chain. The individuals whom orchestrate the drug trafficking are the real criminals here.

  • gvangreunen - 2011-12-12 09:31

    The Mercury asks "How can you take a person's life for three kg's of methamphetamine?" Well dear Mercury "How many lives do you think three kg's of methamphetamine can destroy?"

      northsgn - 2011-12-12 09:39

      i aggee

      Bryan - 2011-12-12 10:29

      I agree gvangreunen. However, we all seem to be looking to hang the drug mule and yet we ignore the source. This individual may have been desperate and possibly hooked on the drugs herself. If I were to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume this to be true. You must understand that most of the most horrific trades in the world are glued together by addiction. Addiction fuels desperation and commits individuals to actions such as these. Yest methamphetamine destroys lives. I agree but the in the same way as prostitutes kept in bondage by drugs, these mules may very well have no other choice. We cannot speak from our own sober minded reasoning. Our own risk assessment does not correspond to an addicts risk assessment. I am making the assumption here that she was either unaware of her actions or simply driven to do so by addiction. Either way, she could have learned her lesson and changed her life. This is not a case of cold blooded murder, she had no intent to kill. I appreciate that you have such an aggressive stance against drugs but try focus your attention on the source. She, much like the Methamphetamine addicts are victims in this horrific trade.

      Cameronl - 2011-12-12 10:36

      yeah I totally agree, thats a pretty stupid thing for them to say! thats a LOT of drugs.

      gvangreunen - 2011-12-12 11:23

      @Bryan, I cannot argue against your reasoning or the sympathy you feel for those caught up in the world of addiction, but where do we draw the line? The playground paedophile, the drug dealer/mule, the rapist, the serial killer ... all of whom may have an unwanted disposition towards the lives they may be caught up in are still responsible for the lives they have ruined and will ruin. There is nothing wrong with sympathising with the lives they have been dealt, but at the same time the evil they do needs to be severely dealt with to protect the innocent!

  • Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2011-12-12 09:33

    Absolutely frustrating for all these South Africans turning up around the world as drug smugglers & couriers! I hate certain Chinese laws, on drug smuggling they ar spot on, they should do the same to their people poaching & smuggling our Rhino horns.

  • lebo.lathane - 2011-12-12 09:35

    They enjoy BEE status in our country, we deny a respected and eminent leader a visa to enter our borders on their account and what do they do to one of our own, send "ashes to the family"...makes my blood boil! Crime is wrong but what they did is downright evil! We're in bed with the kung fu devil...truly SAD!

  • hbanhire - 2011-12-12 09:37

    Everyone screams bring back the death penalty in SA. Whats different in this case.

  • christoffeljohanneskruger - 2011-12-12 09:42

    DIDN'T TRY HARD ENOUGH

      gvangreunen - 2011-12-12 10:20

      why should they have tried at all, she's a drug dealer FFS!

  • christoffeljohanneskruger - 2011-12-12 09:42

    DIDN'T TRY HARD ENOUGH

  • Nico - 2011-12-12 09:42

    Seeing that China can kill South African citizens for having drugs on them, can the South African government PLEASE introduce the death penalty for these Chinees criminals killing our Rhinos? I think the criminal deed for killing these animals are far worse than for someone to have drugs in their possesion!!

      northsgn - 2011-12-12 09:45

      haw can u have them killing chinees id they cant evin catch there own criminals

      Willemien - 2011-12-12 10:01

      Irony is that the Chinese Government probably wouldn't even be bothered if we execute their citizens for rhino poaching and horn smuggling!

      chester.wandsworth - 2011-12-12 10:05

      No Nico... :( not for killing rhino. Side issue: dont chinese DEALERS pay for abalone and horns(legal there?) with drugs(illegal there!)?

      wilana.olivier - 2011-12-12 10:36

      @Willemien - no, they would not. You know why? Because to them the law is the law. They would most prob do the same in their country - there is nobody to bribe there. They take their obligations and law very, very serious.

      Charmaine - 2011-12-12 10:46

      Yes, this is correct, but how do we reach our Government on these issues as they do not care. They are busy disputing amongst themselves as to who is going to sit on the Throne forever in South Africa, and they do not like us when we speak out against injustices. The Government brought these Chinese here and they are also involved in drugs and rape etc. So, what do we do?

  • munyaradzi.ncube - 2011-12-12 09:47

    She could have been frammed. Guys have you watched the documentary banged abroad? Our brothers from North Africa can do it. They get you a "Job" in those far countries, the do everything for you, from Visa processing etc, but then insert their parcel in your laguage, or swap your bags, or even worse, "buy" you a "new" bag, that is linned with drugs. Honestly, i sympathise with her. may her soul rest in peace. Just imagine, if that was your sister?

      Thabo - 2011-12-12 10:33

      why call them "our brothers"? Anything brotherly about what they do except for their own egoistic and selfish interests that jeorpadizes others lifes? I wouldn't call them brothers anyhow, rather call them something they really are, "dev!lish".

  • Brenda - 2011-12-12 09:47

    All the bleeding hearts are out in full force yet again. IF she was innocent, it is tragic. However, how the hell does 3.5 kg of ANYTHING get into your luggage without you knowing about it? Even more bizarre is that some of the comments here lean towards smuggling drugs being no big deal... lets all forgive those who do this.... give them a second chance....blah blah blah yadda yadda. No, let's not!! Its high time criminals of all descriptions got the message that there are consequences to their choices.

  • Zee - 2011-12-12 09:51

    OK, I understand that there should be harsh sentences for drug smuggling. It ruins a lot of people's lives. BUT,can we now PLEASE excecute all the Chinese (and others) who are responsible for the horrific deaths of our rhino's. It's the Asian countries who's behind our rhinos! Please mr Zuma, do something about that too. You are big buddies with China, sure you can arrange something.

  • Nitesh - 2011-12-12 09:52

    Shame zuma, i'm sure if her surname was shaik or zuma, she wud have definately get saved....

  • chester.wandsworth - 2011-12-12 09:53

    Executed for pleading innocence?!? That just doesnt sit well with me... and shouldn't with any HUMAN being. I agree with Patrick(earlier here...) that there are other ways to punish. There are no-comebacks from death. No "OOPS made a mistake" or "OOPS she was framed!" or " OOPS she was just naive and didn't know the SERIOUSNESS of the 3kg -since she got paid basically nothing to MOVE it". Aye.... sad sad sad :(

  • Vegi - 2011-12-12 09:54

    Our people should stay away from countries like China, where mediaval practices are still rife.

      21December2012 - 2011-12-12 11:37

      We have Medievil Practises of our own

  • Pieter - 2011-12-12 09:56

    Stopping the worldwide trade in narcotics is a piece of cake. No need to take a life. Just do the following... 1. If a drug user or mule is convicted for using drugs, minimum 2 year sentence in prison with 6 of the best once a week (caning). If the drug user comes clean on who supplied him/her with the drugs and a successful conviction can be made, the sentence is reduced to 1 year in prison with no caning. This will make sure that the drug dealer is also taken out as most people will tell after the first caning. The year in prison will make sure the user comes off the drugs as it takes about a year before the person can think rational again. The drug user is taken off the street for a year or two in which time the drug dealer cannot sell to him/her. 2. If a drug dealer is convicted for selling drugs, minimum 20 year sentence in prison with 6 of the best once a week. If the drug dealer comes clean on who supplied him/her with the drugs and a successful conviction can be made, the sentence is reduced to 10 year in prison with no caning. This will make sure that the drug dealer's supplier is taken of the street. The time in prison will make sure the drug dealer cannot sell to anybody which will ruin his business. comes off the drugs as it takes about a year before the 3. If a drug lord is convicted for selling drugs to drug dealers, minimum - life sentence in prison with 6 of the best once a week, no pardon and no parole. And voila! ...no more drugs

  • sechaba.lenong - 2011-12-12 10:01

    "An eNews correspondent in Asia said her execution could have been commuted to a life sentence if Linden had confessed to the smuggling, but she had maintained her innocence." This is a hard knock life. You either confess to something you didn't do and stay in prison for live or you die.

  • dcostine - 2011-12-12 10:02

    I do not get this, China can execute one of our citizens, granted she was guilty, but because China says NO, we will not allow in the Dali Lama, I am so confused.

  • kgalalelo.malesele - 2011-12-12 10:03

    I hope people can realize he fact that this woman has possibly executed a lot of innocent lives with the drugs in the past.....most of them will never ever claim their lives back and now hopefully a lot have been saved by china. I know u might say I'm insensitive but these people are serious murderous.

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-12-12 10:03

    Dont do the crime if you cant do the time!!!!!

  • Rodger - 2011-12-12 10:05

    What intervention actions, if any, where taken. Not a whimper was heard from government (apart from after the event). It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, similar to the Dali Lama issue. What the ANC need to realise is that the new colonial force in the world is China.

  • Martin - 2011-12-12 10:07

    You dont take a job like that without knowing the consequences, rolled the dice and lost, tough!!

  • VaMbozha - 2011-12-12 10:09

    They should have talked to Mugabe..a very good friends of the Chinese..something like "no Linden no diamonds". Then maybe you give Mugabe some electricity for free or help him rig the next elections. Thats how we do things in Africa not "diplomatic processes"

  • Tammy - 2011-12-12 10:11

    Ai, what a terrible end for a stupid move. Ethically, I am gladd Pres Zuums tried to change her fate, but when in China, you have to face the strong hand of their law.

  • Bryan - 2011-12-12 10:11

    Every drug dealer says that they have no idea how the stuff got into trheir luggage.., it's a common response for getting busted! As harsh as the sentence may seem, the bottom line is that this is the law of the country in question. We are in no position to cry foul and point fingers because it happened to a citizen of our country. You did the crime.., you knew the consequences..., Case closed..!!!

  • Dewald G. - 2011-12-12 10:14

    So let me get this right. China says 'No Dalai Lama!' and we jump... but when we ask 'Don't execute for 3kg of meth..' they give us the finger? Hmmm. How do you say 'Yes boss' in Chinese?

      Martin - 2011-12-12 10:19

      hahaha classic, so true,

      Azande - 2011-12-12 10:20

      Eish, my sentiment as well.

  • Marc - 2011-12-12 10:15

    drugs will always be here there and everywhere, no matter how illegal they are and how many death penalties are handed out. the higher the risk the higher the profits.naiive people think the death penalty will change things in society, but you change things with rehabilitation and empathy, changing at the root causes - not with fascism and murder. idiots

  • Azande - 2011-12-12 10:17

    Another "banged abroad" story. they always claim that they did not know how the drugs went into their luggage. If their claim of innocence is true, we must be worried when we take a trip to these countries otherwise RIP Lindel, that game has risks which one of them is what you got. Death penalty is harsh though. I feel for your family.

  • Abbucketlist - 2011-12-12 10:17

    They can kill our citizens and we must accept, but please dont allow the Daila Lama in as this will upset them!! What a joke!!

  • johnkk - 2011-12-12 10:17

    If this girl was innocent, I truly weep for her and her family. On the other hand I cannot criticize the Chinese gov for this type of punishment. Drugs are ruining the lives not only of individuals but are breaking down families and society in the long run. This punishment will deter people from taking drugs into China. What we should concern ourselves with is the drug situation in SA. Since the 'Narcs' were integrated into the police force 6 years ago, the distribution of drugs in SA has increased by 30%. (makes me wonder about Mr Selebi / Agliotti). This girl has been executed for a good cause, God bless her soul.

  • yumina.cox - 2011-12-12 10:23

    i think since SA doesnt have a death penalty n ppl do crimes everytime here knowing that they wont die, maybe its time SA deal with criminals from ada countries according to d lawof their country, like if a chinese if found doing sumthing rong, then they shud be executed too, so its an equall sentence dat person wud hav got in his/ her country nje, a chinese was found with horns but hes out d alive, even thou it was abrutal killing, n ds lady is found wt drugs, no brutal killing involved but still he executed jst bcoz its a law of that country, lets treat civilians d way we wud want our to be treated too

  • mokgadim - 2011-12-12 10:26

    As far as i understand, if we had such stringent laws in SA, our country would be a pleasure to live in. What influence does Zuma have in China anyway?

  • Thabo - 2011-12-12 10:26

    I wish we also had the DP. A lot of these scumbacks using our country (even locals) for their illicit acts would feel our wrath and not be on a joy-ride we seem to be providing them with. China doesn't like dirt!

  • mmatau - 2011-12-12 10:30

    he obviously did not intervene as intense as he most probably should. but then again, we have gotten used to his laid back approach on almost everything he's responsible for!!!

  • Zizi - 2011-12-12 10:32

    Yhaaa well justice have been served here!Pity it had to be a S. African in China and not a Nigerian in S.A.

  • Pieter - 2011-12-12 10:33

    Stopping the worldwide trade in narcotics is a piece of cake. No need to take a life. Just do the following... 1. If a drug user or mule is convicted for using drugs, minimum 2 year sentence in prison with 6 of the best once a week (caning). If the drug user comes clean on who supplied him/her with the drugs and a successful conviction can be made, the sentence is reduced to 1 year in prison with no caning. This will make sure that the drug dealer is also taken out as most people will tell after the first caning. The year in prison will make sure the user comes off the drugs as it takes about a year before the person can think rational again. The drug user is taken off the street for a year or two in which time the drug dealer cannot sell to him/her. 2. If a drug dealer is convicted for selling drugs, minimum 20 year sentence in prison with 6 of the best once a week. If the drug dealer comes clean on who supplied him/her with the drugs and a successful conviction can be made, the sentence is reduced to 10 year in prison with no caning. This will make sure that the drug dealer's supplier is taken of the street. The time in prison will make sure the drug dealer cannot sell to anybody which will ruin his business. 3. If a drug lord is convicted for selling drugs to drug dealers, minimum - life sentence in prison with 6 of the best once a week, no pardon and no parole. And voila! ...no more drugs

  • Vuyokazi - 2011-12-12 10:33

    I strongly feel that chinese must start vacating SA i predect the worst. you dare can not kill someone for drugsmuggling

      Susanna - 2011-12-12 10:51

      To add whiskey to the fire, did anyone ever, EVER found proof Chinese nationals working/running businesses in SA pay taxes to SARS? I support my local Somalian/Nigerian spazas instead of the Red Dragon, who use Chinese law to take out the competition.

  • Helmut - 2011-12-12 10:36

    Maybe our president is still negotiating procedures in case a Chinese national gets caught in connection with Rhino poaching! Will South Africa be allowed to prosecute him or do we have to get permission from our new bosses? So far, South African interventions anywhere have been a disaster. Just look at the African continent, i.e. Ivory Coast, DRC, Sudan etc. Zuma must clean up the mess at home and stop acting like big brother in Africa, as the Yanks do around the world!

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2011-12-12 10:36

    South African government are a bunch of puppets to China. As long as China is funding the ANC, nothing will change!!! China is Zuma's pension fund!!!! Why has SA not retaliated about the Execution? Why has SA not said a word. They need China and china's money talks. We live in a sick country!!!

      21December2012 - 2011-12-12 11:46

      SA is having it's say, thats why we complaining here