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SA bothered by trade, not rights: SAHRC

2011-12-12 21:26

Johannesburg - The South African government's foreign policy is focused more on trading with China and has failed to consider human rights, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Monday.

"When South Africa establishes trade and diplomatic relations with any country, it is absolutely imperative that human rights principles form one of the primary pillars of these relations," spokesperson Vincent Moaga in a statement.

The commission was reacting to South African woman Janice Linden's execution for drug smuggling by Chinese authorities on Monday.

"Her sentence is a violation of commonly accepted basic human rights, particularly the rights to life and dignity."

Moaga said the commission recognised China's right to punish those found guilty of crimes, but opposed the sentence.

Linden was executed by lethal injection on Monday. She was arrested in 2008 when she was caught with 3kg of crystal methamphetamine (tik) in her luggage.

The Inkatha Freedom Party said the Chinese should have considered its trade relations with South Africa before executing Linden.

"With the current growing trade relations between China and South Africa, one would have hoped this relationship would have influenced China differently," IFP MP Ben Skosana said in a statement.

The Democratic Alliance said the government had not done enough to prevent the execution.

"Whilst we firmly believe that drug mules should be punished for their offences, this punishment does not fit the crime," MP Stevens Mokgalapa said in a statement.

Comments
  • Marius Koen - 2011-12-12 21:29

    As if we can now break any relationships with China. We are stuck with them thanks to the ANC.

      Device - 2011-12-12 21:42

      Swapie i think the whole world is stuck with the Chinese. If you think SA is bad you should look at the USA, their totally owned bu China

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-12-12 21:50

      You can't do without China, just swallow pride and accept it china

      Nicholus Aquaboy Nakanyane - 2011-12-12 23:32

      if china is funding the anc government well my experience is no one can give out 20billion or more without conditions.maybe its official from these murder that perhaps anc isn't running the country or malema,china is.thats y they always struggle when reading speaches ,its not their words ,some lee or fonkong guy somewhere in china wrote them speaches to read to us.ek is baaie maal oor die lethal injection .its murder ,plain and simple.bishop tutu ones said someday well start praying for the defeat of this government .i dink he was right ekse...

      Jacob - 2011-12-13 14:39

      The RSA government has an overinflated opinion of its position on the world stage. Any representation or opposition by this government will be flicked away with the same disdain as a fly in the face. If Zuma HAD made representation (which I sincerely doubt, he's too much of a coward as seen by the Dalai Lama debacle), they would have totally ignored him. China, and many other countries of the world, can quite happily live without the RSA. All we as citizens can do is to boycott anything Chinese in this country and to cross China off as a tourist destination - besides who wants to visit a country where they thank you for visiting by placing drugs in your luggage, trumping up charges and executing you after making you spend years in their dirty prisons - all just to show the world who's boss?

  • Brenton007 - 2011-12-12 21:44

    As a country struggling with crime which is a result of unemployment we don't have the luxury to consider a potential trading partners human rights record, especially one as big as China. If anyone has an alternative please post a reply.

      Mark - 2011-12-12 21:55

      Fix self-gaffed relations with our historic trading partners; thats how Brenton

      Alva - 2011-12-12 22:03

      @ Brenton.Trade with China destroyed our textile industry which shed thousands of jobs. My alternative is that we should NOT IMPORT anything that can be locally manufactured. Note my post!

      Brenton007 - 2011-12-12 22:38

      @ Rustic, which partners are those? You mean the likes of the US, the EU and the UK? They are still our trading partners, the only Country that we have severed ties with is Taiwan, and that was at the request/insistence of the Chinese. You haven't really given us an alternative, all you have done is made a general statement without any substance. @ velastardust, I have noted your comment but we not only looking at one industry here or thousands of jobs, we are looking to create millions of jobs in a variety of industries so we need big economies that can offer opportunities to accommodate our requirements.

      Mark - 2011-12-12 23:40

      Perhaps @Brenton, you should look at government policy, that has steadily alienated us from these great democracies, while encouraging tyrants the world over to celebrate the likes of Mugabe, Gaddafi, Nguema and others.

      Colleen - 2011-12-17 11:33

      Brenton- I hear what you say, but when you sell your soul to the devil u will not get it back. South African goverment as it is has sold us out for there own gain and not for the people.This country can make it if everyone and I mean everyone pulls there weight and STOPS BEEN GREEDY.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-12 21:49

    If you are in the doldrums you can set the sails as you wish.

  • Mark - 2011-12-12 21:52

    Perhaps if she were of royal Zulu lineage, a different outcome might have come about.

  • Cracker - 2011-12-12 21:59

    The SHARC must understand that we are already China's commercial possession. I do plan to buy a router bit at one of the large retailers tomorrow to fit a particular profile. I also expect that it will have been manufactured in China notwithstanding the brand name attached to it in its display casing. As if I am going to ponder and become all flushed and short breathed at the sign that the Chinese were instrumental in the creation of the bit and executed somebody with a South African citizenship. Get real.

  • moby.quest - 2011-12-12 22:01

    Dunno why everyone is so upset. Yes, the death penalty is not a nice thing if you think about it. But she was guilty of the crime and she should have known what the implications would be before doing the crime. Its the law of that specific country. People are always going on about how drugs are destroying people's lives and ruining families and societies and that SA should bring back the death penalty. But now that CHINA does it, now its a problem.

      barb.magill - 2011-12-12 22:27

      I quite agree with you!! what is it about this human rights business?? she obviously did not think about that when she had the drugs, how many people would have perhaps died from her crime? which is it!!

      Brenton007 - 2011-12-12 22:43

      Agree!

      Nicholus Aquaboy Nakanyane - 2011-12-12 23:16

      everone is upset because of the violation of human rights!!!just do a lil research on the story ,consider all possibilties and then form that opinion .i like your opinion .oh and bringing death penalty in south africa is a bad idea because we'l loose all our politicians if its brot back,we mite even loose our president......ooooops,.,lol just jocking.lol

  • Alva - 2011-12-12 22:08

    China is not the only country with a shocking human rights record that the ANC government has sucked up to. To list a few. Libya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cuba....and so on and on........The fate of a drug mule should not be an issue. The visit of the Dalai Lama should be!

  • Sharon - 2011-12-12 22:18

    China's law is simple: you bring drugs in and we catch you, we kill you. So why play with the lion and cry if it bites you. They have the right to have their laws and protect their citizens from drugs. Drugs kill. How many kids could have died from that 3kg drugs. They can do the same in our country. So why is death not a suiteble punishment?

      barb.magill - 2011-12-12 22:29

      quite agree! why treat these people with kid gloves! they have to be punished then it will be a deterrent to other would be smugglers!

  • Joseph - 2011-12-12 22:32

    Crime is crime no matter how small or how big it is.There is no jurgmant which fit a crime committed.1500 South Africans lungishing in foreign jails for drug relatted matters we have a serious problem,we should ashamed before we consider haw bad human rights in China are.China did not invite her to traffic drugs into its shows but she did it for the love of fast money,she should have known how risk it was if cought in the act.Criminals are violating human rights for innocent people in South Africa were is the human rights commission.People should not think that because we have trade with certain countries will gaurantee them freedom or less sentence if they commite crime in foreign land.We are not in business to protect criminals this is not a bannana republic.I feel sorry for he but that does not take away what she did.Again its not about trade with China a few cases have happened before-a South African was executed in Botswana for murder,a certain man was executed in Swaziland for murder so its not only China which has executed a South African for crime commited.

  • desertratbkf - 2011-12-12 22:43

    Filthy greed and what is in it for MED!!!!! THIEVES!!! To the last core! Its Built in!

  • Nicholus Aquaboy Nakanyane - 2011-12-12 22:56

    i believe thers three sides to this story ,china's story,her story and the truth .i was watching the news yesterday and have been following the story till today,she pleaded not guilty.but thats not my point though,my point is..before anyone comments and give the death of this lady a thumbs they should get their facts straight and that includes research on the backround of the government of beijing.and i mean go deeper and then check our government .then form an opinion.human rights comes first,check our history.killing this poor woman was wrong,she pleaded not guilty .and please before anyone responds to this ,just run a check on beijing's toture methods,you can't tell me they just locked her up without using force as to who hired her.i mean....come on people .check how they even treat their own kind in jail let alone black and from a foreign country...research please

  • Nicholus Aquaboy Nakanyane - 2011-12-12 22:56

    i believe thers three sides to this story ,china's story,her story and the truth .i was watching the news yesterday and have been following the story till today,she pleaded not guilty.but thats not my point though,my point is..before anyone comments and give the death of this lady a thumbs they should get their facts straight and that includes research on the backround of the government of beijing.and i mean go deeper and then check our government .then form an opinion.human rights comes first,check our history.killing this poor woman was wrong,she pleaded not guilty .and please before anyone responds to this ,just run a check on beijing's toture methods,you can't tell me they just locked her up without using force as to who hired her.i mean....come on people .check how they even treat their own kind in jail let alone black and from a foreign country...research please

  • eradingoana - 2011-12-12 22:59

    South Africa is one of China's Provinces. It get instruction from the chinese, this is ANC(African National China)

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-12 23:14

    Zuma , all of them, get paid off - they sell our country and us down the road....country comes second . PIGS

  • Neil - 2011-12-12 23:27

    I pick trade over drug smugglers every time. if they have that penalty for their own citizens why should they treat the scum from other countries any better? Drugs kill, their actions are attempting to protect their youth from this rubbish that had consciously chosen to risk their youth for personal gain. Well done China.

  • adriandt1 - 2011-12-13 06:19

    Who's coal is it that's powering their growth and in turn global warming ? Our Gov. should audit what the Chinese have a hand in here in SA. Instead of selling off our assets. They are buyings farms etc in Africa, for their food security, what about ours ?

  • cronje.fourie - 2011-12-13 09:55

    Oh please...I hate the Chinese and their communist ways...But in this case I'll defend them. This Janice who every one is now crying about went into China carrying drugs. This while China has made it abundantly clear over the years that they have only 1 penalty for drug trafficking. So don't come crying foul play now. In-fact kudo's to China and kudo's to the SA government for not involving themselves with a drug-smugler

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