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We just wanted to hold her, says Linden's sister

2011-12-14 08:23

Johannesburg - The sisters of Janice Linden, the South African woman executed in China for drug smuggling, were only allowed to talk to her through a glass partition during their last prison visit, according to a report on Wednesday.

"All we wanted to do, was to hold her," Priscilla Mthalane told the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper.

"But we had to talk to her through a glass partition and realised we would not be allowed to get any closer to her."

Mthalane said Linden cried when she saw them.

"She was so excited to see us. We were not allowed to tell her that our mother had died four months ago.

"About 30 policemen watched us and we were not allowed to talk in Zulu, our mother tongue."

Mthalane said it seemed like Linden had been tied up in some kind of wheelchair.

"Her arms and legs were tied up."

The visit by Mthalane and Linden's other sister, Nomalwazi Mhlope, lasted about 45 minutes and took place on the day before her execution.

Linden, 35, was only told an hour before her execution on Monday that she would be executed by lethal injection.

"It was all so unnecessary," said Mthalane.

The department of international relations said her ashes had been given to a South African diplomat and would be handed over to her family.

She was arrested in Guangzhou in November 2008 after she was caught with 3kg of crystal methamphetamine (tik) in her luggage. She was convicted of drug smuggling in 2009.

Comments
  • OSSY24 - 2011-12-14 08:29

    1000 WAYS TO DIE

      Kevin - 2011-12-14 08:34

      you live by the needle U DIE BY THE NEEDLE!!! RIP

      Daniel - 2011-12-14 08:41

      I agree Ozzy, she did the crime and paid the price, which she deserved, enough with all the tear-jerker stories about what if this and that, get over it already !!

      northsgn - 2011-12-14 09:35

      @Frank why dont u take a look @ SA it a lot worse linging here than in china well @lest they have running water un like this govement that we have here

      Squeegee - 2011-12-14 09:36

      This story is about the family. I sympathize with them. Drugs hurt all the innocents - the users, their families, the mules families,etc. Let this be a lesson to anyone thinking about making a quick buck. You may think that you are taking the risk, but its your family that must pick up the pieces. Think about the lives those drugs will ruin. She deserved her punishment, but did the family deserve theirs?

      Kaizer - 2011-12-14 09:40

      @Frank - 3KG is a bit of a stretch to pleade you did not know about it. She was a mule, and she got caught. She knew the risks and in the end, she was killed before she could kill others with the sh1t she was selling.

      albertusvw - 2011-12-14 10:12

      Drug dealers and drug mules do not kill people. People choose to smoke that stuff themselves. What she did was wrong, but killing her for it was even more wrong.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-14 10:22

      Don't blame the law of the country for her death. I think people should be able to do whatever they way, but smuggling in a country where the penalty is death, that is just dumb.

      Juno - 2011-12-14 10:33

      @ Frank 100%. Real a*holes. @ albertusvw totally! Why on earth is it always the suppliers that are the problem. What about the dumb users who by the same token deserve everything they get for their choices in life.

      modmario - 2011-12-14 10:50

      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)!!!!! They just wanted to hold her!!!! LET HE WHO IS OF NO SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.... Remember tomorrow the tables turn then one of you that condemn this girl might be in the same situation..

      Betweenuandme - 2011-12-14 11:15

      I don't really understand why the users are never convicted but are rather sent to rehab. They've made the decision to use drugs (which are illegal) so by the same token should be executed by lethal injection too. Everybody should be executed ... from the suppliers to the users. Seems barbaric, doesn't it?

      Afrikopite - 2011-12-14 11:35

      Choose One.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-14 12:12

      To those blaming the users - these are your kids and mine. They start at school - often as early as grade 6 or 7. They are misled by money hungry swine who dont care what will become of them. Drug dealers are not just meeting a demand, they are creating one. They should be seen as child abusers and murderers. Fry the lot of them.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-14 08:31

    Sad ...........but u do the crime be prepared to do the time

  • Bardy - 2011-12-14 08:31

    Oh boo hoo... Your sister is a drug mule! End of story. She got what she deserved!

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 09:08

      @Trudy – It’s funny that you call everybody SOB’s because they are slamming what this woman did. What if one day your child dies due to a drug OD? And then? Will you still want sympathy for this woman?

      CdeSganja - 2011-12-14 09:21

      And what is that Bardy? Killing a person? Chinnes are no longer allowed in South Africa.they will pay a price, may her soul rest in peace.

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 09:25

      @ Sganja - OD stands for Over Dose. If one of Trudy's children dies one day due to that, I am sure she will not want sympathy for the one who sold him/her the drugs. And the people selling the drugs needs mules like Janice. So no sympathy from me!!!

      Device - 2011-12-14 09:37

      @Bardy even if someones child were to die of a drug overdose the point is that you cannot blame the entire thing on the mule who is in fact the least important person in the drug chain because of the fact that they are so expendable. This Chinese practice has nothing to do with justic it is merely a demonstration of force on their governments part Janice was nothing more than an example. Obviously i do not justify drug smuggling but i realise that drug dealers who organised Janice's little expedition to China did not shed a tear about this. The drug world has lost nothing and Janice was probably replaced a thousand times over since her arrest in 2008. So in the end i believe that the punishment was way too harsh for someone who had very little standing in this evil industry.

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 09:44

      @Device – Again… How many people would have died if those drugs were to be released into the drug trading cycle? How many trips has this woman not done and how many live were destroyed because of her? I feel the punishment fits the crime! Sends a clear message to the drug mules yet you get people like Janice? Stupidity at it’s worst! Again! I don’t have sympathy for this woman!

      Lebza Dikgetsi - 2011-12-14 10:06

      Bardy has it ever occurred to you that she could have been setup, you too could face an unfortunate situation one way or the other

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 10:20

      @ Lebza Dikgetsi - Has it ever occurred to you that after 3 years in jail, they still haven't uncovered who framed her or made any progress in doing so? If benefit of the doubt existed, they would most certainly not have executed her!

      Lebza Dikgetsi - 2011-12-14 10:30

      Bardy its pointless to argue with someone who lack compassion, how many people have been proven innocent after more than a decade

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 10:39

      @ Lebza Dikgetsi – It’s not a matter of lack of compassion. Sure…. What happened to her is a sad thing, but necessary! If you experience first hand the same horrible situation that others find themselves because of drugs, especially tik, you will also not have sympathy for drug mules and dealers. It literally destroys families!!!

      Craig - 2011-12-14 10:46

      Tragic .. shame on you bardy what gives you the right to play judge jury and executioner specially that she maintained her innocence to her grave, and coming from a country that kills thousands of dogs cats and rhino s per year, this is completely reprehensible. She was not even allowed to talk in her mother tongue and or have any contact with her siblings. Shame on china.. barbarians !

      Juno - 2011-12-14 10:48

      Well try some self restraint and don't take them in the first place! Why is it always the mules that are blamed. How about the end user taking some responsibility for their dumb actions..

      Lebza Dikgetsi - 2011-12-14 10:51

      I agree to some extant cause drug mules are sometimes force into it, I would have felt better if it was the dealer that face the same fate

      modmario - 2011-12-14 10:54

      @Bardy I hope you get separated from your loved ones with a pane of bullet proof glass!! Jou Siek Siel!!! Worse than those chinese heathens!!!

      modmario - 2011-12-14 10:57

      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)!!!!! They just wanted to hold her!!!! LET HE WHO IS OF NO SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.... Remember tomorrow the tables turn then one of you that condemn this girl might be in the same situation..

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 11:08

      @ modmario – Oh please… Spare me the tears will you! Hard fact: She did the crime, she paid the price! End of story!

      Device - 2011-12-14 11:38

      @Bardy your sympathy or lack thereof is irrelevant to the point I am trying to get across. You make it sound as if intercepting this women has made a serious dent in the drug trade and i am saying NO IT HAS NOT!! the reason why it makes little difference is because people who are on drugs can always get them elsewhere. This was just a minor glitch in the drug trade. Honestly scoring drugs in many places is as easy as buying bread, if one dealer does not have the product TRUST ME THE NEXT ONE WILL!!! and you can bet that the drug addicts won't even have to walk far to get another score. In addition the dealer who has lost a mule due to police action will simply get another one and that is exactly what happened here. Janice was not important to her drug dealer she was just one desperate women out of billions of desperate women. The point here was not to prevent people from becoming drug mules it was simply to warn people not to mess around with the Chinese government. In the end as long as desperation continues there will always be drug addicts and there will always be people willing to risk their lives to deliver those drugs and whether governments execute them or not will make no difference in the end

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 11:47

      @ Device – Your figures confirm your intelligence. With only 6 or 7 billion people in the world, how many billions of women are we talking about here? And I never said it made a dent in the drug trade… I am merely saying that what happened will deter other mules from doing this.

      Device - 2011-12-14 13:08

      @Bardy read carefully and try to understand what im saying. THIS EXECUTION WILL NOT DETER ANY WOULD-BE OR POTENTIAL DRUG MULES, NOR WAS THAT THE POINT OF THE EXECUTION. The risk of execution only became real to Janice after she was caught and that is an unfortunate trend in humans when faced with desperation. As long as there are desperate people on earth there will always be people doing drugs and there will always be those who risk their lives smuggling those drugs. The only people who have been deterred by this are people like you and i who honestly were never thinking about smuggling drugs in the first place. But for those billions of people around the world who live lives of constant desperation, the risks of smuggling drugs are offset by the possibility of making huge money and finding a way out of that miserable desperate life. The Chinese government does not care for any of that, to them this is just one way in which they seek to demonstrate their power, Janice was only one out of nearly 4000 people who have been executed by that government this year alone...their not bothered about deterring drug mules! (BTW there is no need to mock my intelligence just because i don't agree with you, lets be civil in our debate)

      modmario - 2011-12-15 07:42

      @Bardy If your child is dying piece by piece or OD's from drugs then you are a bad parent!!! Don't make the dealers out as these men standing around waiting to pounce, cause they are not, they like staying incognito. Your children and their friends sniff them out and would rather build a relationship with a dealer than with you, fickle as it maybe, but your child knows it's the same as trying to build a relationship with the speaker at a Mc'D drive trough, but at least they get more bang for their buck! Give your child a royal spanking, spend time with him, give him chores, and send him to see a shrink, give him structure, otherwise my darling, he will find other ways to entertain himself.... STOP MOLLY CODDLING YOUR FFING CHILDREN, THEY AND YOU SHOULD START TAKING THE BLAME AT SOME POINT, YOU AREN"T AS INNOCENTIA KHUMALO NEXT DOOR AS YOU MAKE OUT TO BE. You just caused a possible mule's life, mule's arent neccesarily drugs users!!! And remember you are the architect of your own demise!!!!! Stop pointing fingers ohh just think of the lives she would've ruined... NO SWEETIE, you've ruined your own life and that of your children... if there was a fire and the drug mule said jump would you, HUH would you!!!! WEAKLINGS ALL OF YOU HIGH AND MIGHTY PRISSY PRUDES, YES YOU NOW GO TAKE ALONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR, BECAUSE NEXT TIME YOU MIGHT SEE YOUR REFLECTION THROUGH A PANE OF GLASS!!!

      akhona.nkqayi - 2012-10-09 23:56

      Shame on u Bardy what goes around comes around!

  • Nitronic - 2011-12-14 08:31

    As jy nie wil hoor nie moet jy voel!!!!

      Yozi - 2011-12-14 08:44

      When you do crime . you don know that something somewhere is goning to go wrong and you are going to pay . sad news but what is says aboute South African Women?

      Neville - 2011-12-14 08:46

      Those who have no sins throw the first stone

      Karen - 2011-12-14 09:22

      @Yozi.....Are you just plain stupid "You don't know that something is going to go wrong" please think before you post a nummut comment like that most normal educated people know the difference between RIGHT and WRONG and the consequences of their actions. Your comment certainly says alot about you. What this girl did was selfish and irresponsible and she paid the price not only was she not thinking of her family but she certainly wasn't thinking about how many other live she could have destroyed with the crap she was prepared to sell.

  • Anthony - 2011-12-14 08:32

    YOU can now go hold the families of the users you sold drugs too

      Daniel - 2011-12-14 08:52

      If wonder if the families of users will get the same coverage and sympathy when their addicted children are dead or dying from drug usage !!

      William - 2011-12-14 09:20

      This is just a law of " SUPPLY AND DEMAND" . If there are no "USERS" then there is no demand thus no "MULES". So both parties are to blame.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2011-12-14 13:24

      I can sell you a car , a product that kills more people than drugs , cigerettes and alcohol.Do you blame the dealership if some one you know dies in the car ? Or the gun store owner ? Fact is people want to get high , therefore there is a trade whether or not there is a ban or it is seen as criminal. What we can choose is how this industry operates , in the open and controlled or in the dark b y gangsters and criminals . unfortunately the collateral damage is the poor , desperate and ingnorant.

      modmario - 2011-12-15 07:45

      If your child is dying piece by piece or OD's from drugs then you are a bad parent!!! Don't make the dealers out as these men standing around waiting to pounce, cause they are not, they like staying incognito. Your children and their friends sniff them out and would rather build a relationship with a dealer than with you, fickle as it maybe, but your child knows it's the same as trying to build a relationship with the speaker at a Mc'D drive trough, but at least they get more bang for their buck! Give your child a royal spanking, spend time with him, give him chores, and send him to see a shrink, give him structure, otherwise my darling, he will find other ways to entertain himself.... STOP MOLLY CODDLING YOUR FFING CHILDREN, THEY AND YOU SHOULD START TAKING THE BLAME AT SOME POINT, YOU AREN"T AS INNOCENTIA KHUMALO NEXT DOOR AS YOU MAKE OUT TO BE. You just caused a possible mule's life, mule's arent neccesarily drugs users!!! And remember you are the architect of your own demise!!!!! Stop pointing fingers ohh just think of the lives she would've ruined... NO SWEETIE, you've ruined your own life and that of your children... if there was a fire and the drug mule said jump would you, HUH would you!!!! WEAKLINGS ALL OF YOU HIGH AND MIGHTY PRISSY PRUDES, YES YOU NOW GO TAKE ALONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR, BECAUSE NEXT TIME YOU MIGHT SEE YOUR REFLECTION THROUGH A PANE OF GLASS!!!

  • Grant - 2011-12-14 08:33

    Why do we need these sob-stories. Tragis as it is, she did the crime and she paid for it, its over. The lesson here is don't try make a quick buck while breaking the laws of another country, when caught you will pay dearly.

  • Damian - 2011-12-14 08:33

    Why weren't them family allowed in? What could they have done? Killed her? Mission accomplished you bunch of inhumane savages!

  • Trudy - 2011-12-14 08:33

    "And so said the stranger, one with crimes yet undiscovered or undone...."

      Trudy - 2011-12-14 08:46

      You are all so self-righteous, Damian excluded. One would say that you never made mistakes. IF this girl was guilty, she made a stupid mistake. She paid for her mistake and her family is still paying. The least we can do is show compassion. It's not like we are all perfect, humans make mistakes

      derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-12-14 09:17

      @ Trudy, and the families affected by the drug trade will pay for the rest of their lives. NO SYMPATHY at all for her!!!

      Trudy - 2011-12-14 10:00

      @ derek. It is sad but people CHOOSE to use drugs. Like I said humans are fallible. I do have simpathy for all families affected by drugs, for people like the Lindens and for families of drug addicts and certainly for drug addicts.

  • justathought - 2011-12-14 08:36

    ...its a LETHAL injection, not a legal injection.

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-14 08:37

    You should have hugged her,in Zulu, before she decided to break the law and smuggle drugs !!

  • Chimene - 2011-12-14 08:38

    What she did was bad but I hope she rest in peace.

  • leigh.windvogel - 2011-12-14 08:39

    sympathies to d family left behind. the girl got what she desrved!!!!!!

      phumlanii - 2011-12-14 08:48

      Nobody deserves to die in such a painful way. She was denied her native language at her last breath.

      Sam - 2011-12-14 09:55

      Phumlanii, people like Leigh don't quite understand that murdering people to punish them doesn't really teach anyone a lesson. Their simple logic doesn't allow them to understand complex situations.

      Grant - 2011-12-14 10:19

      Leigh, people like Sam don't quite understand that making such an extreme example of one person who was caught and all the media reports associated are going to make the next person considering breaking the laws of that country seriously revise their intentions! That is the the big picture goal of the law, punishing the convicted is actually secondary to that intention of warning others off! And it works!

      Iwan - 2011-12-14 10:34

      Apparently the injection is no more painful than a normal injection. You just go to sleep, and never wake up again. Also, have you considered how many families she broke up or deaths she may have caused with all her drug trafficking. Sam, the all knowing clever one which understand complex situations and look down on the logical thinkers, your liberal philosophies are one of the biggest contributors to the worlds problems today.

      Juno - 2011-12-14 11:09

      A cruel and unjust punishment. At least South America has the correct balance of 6-8 years jail time on average. The lack of empathy is also astounding.. How about the end users taking some responsibility for their actions. If it wasn't drugs it would be something else..supply is dependent on demand.

      Sam - 2011-12-15 06:33

      Grant, how long has the death penalty been used to deter drug smuggling? And yet there are still smugglers. Nothing is a deterrent if someone is desperate enough. Are you telling me that 50 years in jail is less of a deterrent than death? I'd choose the death by injection if those were my two options. If the only reason stopping you from doing a crime is the fear of losing your life, there's still something wrong. The problem with the conservatives approach is that it only deals with symptoms. Keep putting people to death until all the bad people are gone, right? What's your end goal, Grant? Try applying a bit more thought.

  • jen.bader - 2011-12-14 08:42

    Enough now! The woman was found guilty of drug smuggling according to the laws of that country. The press is milking the drama for all it's worth now that Malema has become a cow farmer!

  • Gees - 2011-12-14 08:43

    No one forced addicts to take anything, supply and demand, why not blame the addicts for her execution, if it wasn't for them she wouldn't have been carrying drugs at all. I kicked the habit, with will power and family support, after that, I never blamed the dealer or the mules I blamed myself. You people are blood thirsty, just looking for a scape goat.

      albertusvw - 2011-12-14 10:20

      I couldn't agree more

  • Neville - 2011-12-14 08:43

    One moment of madness brings a lifetime of sadness

  • cheldon.botes - 2011-12-14 08:46

    Who paid for the family to go to China?

      Trudy - 2011-12-14 08:53

      None of your business

      Willie - 2011-12-14 09:08

      The Glen Agglioti Honesty Trust fund

      Njabulo Cecil Mthalane - 2011-12-14 10:24

      it came out of the familys own pocket.

  • CarlS - 2011-12-14 08:46

    "Bring drugs into our country and we'll kill you". I wish our government had the balls. The country would be a better place for all law abiding citizens.

  • Leone - 2011-12-14 08:46

    That drug smuggler killed how many people and ruined how many families??? You think that’s bad – try steeling there … you will lose an arm. They should bring the death penalty back to SA. Sure would sort out the criminals in South Africa - instead they let the criminals off lightly – like a rapist gets off on bail for R500 who then goes home and rapes another child. The crime rate is raising and the bail amount is shrinking in this country. I agree – you want to do the crime – then take the consequences

  • Oceanh - 2011-12-14 08:48

    I wonder why they werent alowed to tell her that her mom had passed away. Surely she had a right to know?

      Peter - 2011-12-14 09:29

      perhaps she had enough to deal with and they did not want to add to the problem..i would of liked to know though.. did this woman even have a fair trial.. or did they just find the drugs and arrest her?

  • Larry - 2011-12-14 08:48

    A shame that Innocent members of the family have to suffer for the sins of the one. I hope that this sends a strong message to the scum that are involved in this evil trade.

  • Brendan - 2011-12-14 08:48

    No Sympathy, why all the sad stories? If we bring back the death penalty SA would be a better place. She could have killed much more people with the drugs she tried to smuggle.

      CarlS - 2011-12-14 08:52

      Agree! Such a disgusting tolerance for criminals. I have no sympathy. Break the law, face the consequences. If only there were consequences in South Africa. SA would be a better place indeed.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-14 08:59

      She would have killed stupid people who are dumb enough to go looking for drugs

  • pierre.w.brouard - 2011-12-14 08:53

    Some of the comments I read on this story make me sick to the stomach. Ugly, vengeful, hateful, inhuman. You make me ashamed to be a human being. The key thing which separates us from animals is our ability to feel compassion, a quality hard to find in this gallery of people cheering on the execution of this young woman. The difference between you and those cheering at public hangings? Nothing. And yes I do feel compassion for drug users and their families - but these mules are small fry in the international drug machinery, but hey, popping off this young woman sure makes us feel better, hey?

      Vic - 2011-12-14 09:29

      If you are ashamed to be a human being, try walking on all fours !

      Charmaine - 2011-12-14 10:06

      Thanks Pierre, compassion is missing in Human Life. Our Government is useless and that is facts as they appear today 2011.

      Clive - 2011-12-14 12:00

      If you had a son or daughter who was entrapped by these drug sellers, carriers or whatever, you would quickly sing a different song

      Kevin - 2011-12-14 16:04

      Perhaps a lot of the vengeful comments are brought about by people who have already experienced traumatic crimes in our "New" South Africa. I don't think most criminals are people who can be reasoned with and made to see sense - they are going to do what they do if they think it will go unpunished or get them a light prison sentence. Harsh penalties are there to discourage criminals and must stay there. This young lady may have thought she would get away with this crime lightly, like so many other crimes in our Country go unpunished. Our legal system needs a serious jolt, look at how many people have said this was unfair. It seems she did this knowingly and that makes her a criminal. Our press must stop making punishment for crimes sound unfair.

  • Donald - 2011-12-14 08:55

    They were lucky that they were not forced to speak to her in Chinese!

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-14 08:55

    SAD...I Can Imagine the pain the family is going thru. anyway what is done is done. may the one above us give you strength in this difficult time.

      northsgn - 2011-12-14 09:28

      thats bull she was drug mule she got what was coming to her

      Charmaine - 2011-12-14 10:08

      Mashudu, Only God Knows Best. Blessed be, but she was one of our people and we do feel the pain and sorrow of her immediate family.

  • Susan - 2011-12-14 09:00

    I like to watch the crime channel. I noticed in most murders the murderers were using drugs.I suppose their victems loved ones would also liked a last hug.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-14 09:11

      Lies 'm watchin discovery id. now and also watch crime and zone reality. I've been watchin since 6am there were 6 murderers only one out of them shot at police because he was high

  • Ben - 2011-12-14 09:01

    Her sisters did not do any wrong. My condolences. It is hard to lose a loved one, no matter what she did.

      Oceanh - 2011-12-14 09:45

      I couldnt agree more, if i think about how i would feel if one of my siblings had been in that situation, and then having to read all these negative comments, not sure how i would cope. My condolences, to her family and friends.

  • Mahomed Dawjee - 2011-12-14 09:03

    I can't say she didn't deserve it since she knew what the law is there. Having said that I don't know wh

  • Brendan - 2011-12-14 09:04

    We never cheer for outcome of this trial, but why must we all of the sudden now have sympathy.

  • Denice - 2011-12-14 09:05

    if only SA could have the same law - death penalty - us the innocent South Africas and the law abiding ones could live in a safe place. we deserve it. So come on SA bring the death penalty back, or is the ANC afraid the law will start with you first?????

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-14 09:06

    You accuse the drug dealers for killing the users? i commend them for removing the foolish from among us- if you are stupid enough to be killed by drugs nobody forced you to take maybe you deserve to die. I'm alive 'm not taking any drugs i have never been forced to take them- if i take them after 5months and i die hey i was stupid i deserve it

  • Rehan - 2011-12-14 09:10

    "All we wanted to do, was to hold her," Priscilla Mthalane told the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper. Why not just the Beeld newspaper ?

      Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-14 09:33

      I dont knw either

  • Monica - 2011-12-14 09:12

    So,so sad and her death was in vain.What I want to say is that no matter how many lives will be scarified regarding this drug related offences it will not stop and there will be others perpetuating this destructive way of making money.. When lives are wasted there is a little consolation for those left behind thinking that the death of a beloved member of their family made a difference in the word.Unfortunately in such cases doe`s not make any difference.

  • anthony.swart - 2011-12-14 09:15

    It would be nice if the bastards who paid her to carry the drugs suffer the same fate. Unfortunately the lure of easy money can cloud any ones morals. That being said if you are dumb enough to do it face the consequences.

  • dumisani.patrick - 2011-12-14 09:15

    But how would dat make u fil if u were 2 be told dat you are gng 2 killed with a lethal injection?

  • Oceanh - 2011-12-14 09:17

    to all you guys that are being negative, be a little open minded. do you have any idea of how many of these supposed "drug mules" have no idea that they are actually carrying drugs. It doesnt make much to me that someone that knows for a certainty that they are going to be put to death, still maintians their innocence. either way, i think it is sad for her family, that love and will miss her for the rest of thier lives.

      northsgn - 2011-12-14 09:30

      thats bull when in ur life will u let stanger pack ur bag realy now think a bit further

      Oceanh - 2011-12-14 09:40

      if you knew the facts about other similar cases, perhaps you wouldnt make such assumptions. There have been cases where there is avisible cut in the exterior of a persons lugage, suggesting that any one at either airport could have inserted a "package" into thier lugage. just saying, that this is China we are talking about, dont be so quick to make comments without knowing all the facts.

      Elizabeth - 2011-12-14 10:08

      Oh come on.... wake up and smell the roses, shame...

  • edan.suricate - 2011-12-14 09:20

    Evil Chinese. Nothing has changed.

  • Chabie - 2011-12-14 09:20

    this is so so sad our condolences to linden's family may her soul rest in peace....everything happens 4 a reason...

  • Vic - 2011-12-14 09:25

    No Sympathy. She knew the consequences, and why should the government try to intervene, wherever it may be. Got what she deserved.

      northsgn - 2011-12-14 09:30

      i agree

  • northsgn - 2011-12-14 09:28

    1000 WAYS TO DIE Bring Drugs in the china LOL

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-12-14 09:28

    there is alot of parents that has lost their children trough druggs for them seeing their children die piece by piece is even worse so stop the attention seeking ritual she knew what she was doing but did not care it was all about the moela so be it hang her high

  • Glen.E.Huysamer - 2011-12-14 09:36

    The comments of these people cheering at the demise of the unfortunate are sickening. This case has a lot more questions than answers, and regardless of the crime at question the Chinese government and policies here were ridiculous. Tying somebody to a wheelchair, thirty guards, lets face it, it all stinks. The death sentence in China is big business with thousands dying every year for petty crimes, in a system that needs not ask questions. As South Africans we should be asking ourselves why so many of our citizens are being roped into the drug syndicates and realize that the scourge of these syndicates run to the top ministerial offices of our country, with police, politicians, their wives and 'girlfriends' involved. Which begs the question of who sent Ms.Linden. This part of the story has been left out, yet allegations were once investigated by the media, but not by the police. We have over six thousand citizens trapped in foreign jails for drugs, six hundred arrested since March this year. Yes, all are not innocent, but some are. And Linden's case begs questionable doubt. So for those that are cheering, be ashamed because your reaction is disgusting. We could say that this case be a warning to others who may think of doing the same but at the same time let us remember that we do not know the facts of the story, and now we shall never know. Let us not loose our humanity by reacting like animals at the misfortune of others.

      Elizabeth - 2011-12-14 10:05

      We ALL have choices in life and it is up to YOU - if you make WRONG choice, you pay the PRICE and if you make RIGHT decision, however hard and difficult (even financially) at end of the day, you can sleep with CLEAR conscience and YES let us hope it serves as a WARNING to whoever (regardless of race/colour) and REMIND them that there is something like JUSTICE and GOD....

      makesuthink - 2011-12-14 14:54

      Glen her family said that she told them that she was going to work in UK. Then what was she doing in China, SO SHE LIED TO HER FAMILY. If she did not tell her family the truth would she tell strangers the truth,, innocent???

  • phunkylizzyswan - 2011-12-14 09:37

    Nobody deserves to die like this. :*( I really feel for this family. Yes, she was found with drugs in her luggage. But who did the judging? Was it Fair? I don't think she got a fair trail. I really think she was innocent in this. She was given the opportunity of life in exchange for her integrity. They gave her the option of either confess and life, or die. She choose to fight for her freedom. People seems to forget this is organised crime and more than one person is involved. It's an economy/market/industry just like any other legal industry. Except it is illegal and ruin a lot of lifes, hence it is the black market. There is more than one kind of victim in this heartless industry. Who's Really to blame? the mule or the Kingpin? Who really deserves to die? Once your luggage goes through customs you have little control to what happen to it between you and the plane. The eastern countries have an long history of being cruel and without any compassion. eg Genghis Khan, or more recently Bin Laden. There you are guilty until proven innocent, if you ever get a fair chance to do so. Again I ask this question - who really deserves to die?

      ZinhlekaNhlanhla - 2011-12-14 10:27

      u r deffently rite, i agree wit u 100 percent.No one knows the real Truth here and it sad coz she's gone my sympanthy to her family. let us not judge people, only 1 person have that authority it the man above. May her soul rest in peace.My he forgive those who did this to her. Numbers 14:19-21 ""Please forgive the wrongdoing of this people out of the extravagance of your loyal love just as all along, from the time they left Egypt, you have been forgiving this people." God said, "I forgive them, honoring your words. But as I live and as the Glory of God fills the whole Earth -

      makesuthink - 2011-12-14 15:02

      When she was asked to commit a crime (being a drug mule) she said yes. So you say it is ok to commit a crime

      phunkylizzyswan - 2011-12-14 15:50

      Who said she was asked?

  • Inkwazi - 2011-12-14 09:39

    why is it that most white people in these forum are happy about her dearth?...

      Supieeeeeee - 2011-12-14 11:18

      Is that the question,or should it maybe be why most black people are condoning the behaviour of a criminal? Think before you write about race. It can always go both ways.

  • Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-14 09:40

    Hey! Drug lords! Here i am, availing myself to be a mule, wait b4 u tja tjarag, no china n bangkok deployment plse, sa will be just fine.

  • Lerato - 2011-12-14 09:48

    Father forgive us as our traspasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us!!!

  • hannesw1 - 2011-12-14 09:51

    It's always the relatives that suffer because of drugs.

  • Steven - 2011-12-14 09:54

    Punishment definitley exceeded the crime. RIP and good luck to the family. Sure that is a chapter closed.... But i mean come on!!! She took stupidity to a new level. Smuggling drugs into China? Thats one of the most sadistic nations on earth. They dont give a dam about anything that cant be mass produced let alone African drug mule. They got rid of a little fish when combined with her help they could have gotten rid of whale. They one notch underneath her in the supidity ladder. Freakin gooks. Nuke China!!!!!!!!!( and America for that matter)

  • Anwar - 2011-12-14 09:54

    The lady is dead now. Pray for her forgiveness. Unfortunately drug mules must pay the price for their crimes.

  • watson.tshililo - 2011-12-14 09:55

    Given the historical past of the Republic of South Africa wherein majority of innocent people were killed during apartheid regime,the South African Constitution is more vocal on the basics of human rights inluding the right to life.This has happene to America and all over the world where death sentence is practiced that inocent people were killed.I am I saying she inocent,no.What I am saying is the alleged commited crime and the punisment do not correlate.How can you take somebodys life for few killograms of drags(3kg)found in her bag.I am I promoting the world of drug dealers to spread all over,seriously not.Those who judged her are not inocent for the judgement they made,they are also victims of the judgement and excecution they have done.No body has the right to take away ones life.Did they ever consider other alternatives of punisment?Remamber every person who commit crime has the potential to change and be a good person.What about the potential they have destroyed in her?.Why not giving her a second chance?Why china undermined the diplomatic process of our country as we the South Africans belive on the right to life.It means the Chinese to not care about us but they want only business.It is unfair.

  • LekkePerd - 2011-12-14 09:59

    She "was" a criminal and got what she deserved. Do you think the kids that bought the drugs she smuggled parent's wanted to hold their hands too? Good riddence to bad rubish, hope she burn in Hell!!