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Work together to prevent crime: ANCWL

2011-12-13 10:25

Johannesburg - The execution of Janice Linden highlights the need for women to work together to prevent situations where they would be driven to commit crime, the ANC Women's League said on Tuesday.

"Women need to work together to create jobs and help other women out of situations of poverty to prevent this from happening again," African National Congress Women's League spokesperson Troy Martens said in a statement.

"This event highlights the need to take women out of situations of poverty and desperation where they feel they have no option but to resort to crime."

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 3kg of crystal methamphetamine (tik) in her luggage. She was convicted of the crime in 2009.

Martens said Linden’s death had caused pain to a nation that did not believe in capital punishment as a form of justice.

Basic human rights

On Monday the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 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.

The SA Human Rights Commission said government's foreign policy was focused more on trading with China, and it had failed to consider human rights.

"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 said.

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

Comments
  • mholthuysen - 2011-12-13 10:47

    A very good joke - the current leadership of the ANC and the ANCWL are showing each and every South African that crime works. Winnie Mandela convicted criminal with 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft; Shaikh guilty and waling the streets, Selebi guilty and I can type for hours how our politicians shine with exemplary behavior. The problem comes in that people think they will not be convicted - as crime pays in South Africa - but it does not in other countries! Start leading by example ANCWL and ANC then your people will follow - till then your election slogan will work: "Together we can do more CRIME"!

      brionyl.french - 2011-12-13 10:54

      Mike you are so right.... this is a joke... The ANC is the laughing stock party all over the world. Everyone knows their corrupted and thats one of the main causes of the highest poverty rate we have ever had... Its time they empty their pockets and share that stolen money with the country

      Tc - 2011-12-13 11:35

      If they want to create jobs this damn plundering ANC will have to change their way and focus what is necessary to create economic freedom and respect in SA and confidence with investors, change the inhibiting labour laws that they so arrogantly forced through. The ANC is the cause of thie terrible levels of unemployent and economic shrinking.

      Tc - 2011-12-13 11:37

      Watch this space, in the near future Nigeria, with Kenya on their heels will overtake SA economically. SA is slipping!

      procold2 - 2011-12-13 13:53

      Mike spot on with your summing up of the biggest criminals in the country, you have missed a few,why do they always turn it back to joe public to work together, i think if they worked half the time most of this would not happen,we are living in a lawless country where certain people have no respect or even fear the authorities, only thing swift justice is needed here investigate, arrest, court, jail or death depending on the seriousness of the crime.only if there is new evidence or a uncertainty of guilt will they be allow to appeal,we need a real deterrant.

      Kala - 2011-12-13 15:18

      Why don't the ANCWL tell the women folk and men folk for that matter, that to earn an honest living is far more rewarding and less likely to land you up in jail, than trying to make a fast buck by illegal means. Oh hang on... That's definitely not the ANC way

  • Jan - 2011-12-13 10:51

    Poverty has nothing to do with it. The problem is greed. Making this statement criminilises all poor people. It was a stupid choice to use this event to blow your own bugles.

      godesha - 2011-12-13 11:26

      My thoughts exactly.

      Tc - 2011-12-13 11:39

      Jan, you are absolutely damn right! people who break into houses, commit serious crimes, Murder, Hijacking, etc are not the poor, the hungry. They are damn filthy criminals!

  • Lynn - 2011-12-13 10:51

    How does the punishment not fit the crime. They are transporting murder. People die from drug abuse. The families of drug addicts go through living hell for years as a result of the drug abuser. They sell everything they own and everything their family owns. Rehabs cost the family the earth. Not to mention the dealers and gangsters and other criminals that the addicts family is also forced to deal with. Anyone who deals in drugs or transports drugs deserves the harshest penalty available. If they are stupid enough to go into a country with a death penalty then it is their own fault.

      brionyl.french - 2011-12-13 10:54

      They are mini murderers I agree....

  • Simon - 2011-12-13 11:03

    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

  • Ryan - 2011-12-13 11:20

    I reckon the ANCWL has the correct approach here. They recognise that certain people live in dire situations and resort to crime as a means to alleviate their problems. Although there will always be criminals who have a choice, some become criminals out of desperation. If any organisation can properly address that, there may be a lot fewer people looking to crime for their salvation.

  • Jacqui - 2011-12-13 11:33

    " Women must work together" What a laugh. Coming from that body of black sisters, I wonder what women they have in mind.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-13 11:40

    What a load of cr@p!!!! Just look at the fine examples of women in the anc. Winnie,Cheryl Cwele to name a few. Secondly this drivel about basic human rights-it amazes me how goverment uses these 3 little words only when it is suitable for them. What about the basic human right to live in a drug free society,to know when I send my child to school it wont be peddled to him/her there. What about my basic human right as a citizen to be "protectd" by South African law and know that the police commisioner who is delegating those very police is not a corrupt ass who is busy doing deals with drug lords!!!! Poverty is an over used excuse,these people see a get rich quick scheme and never bother to stop and think about the lives they are destroying. Il bet that all these mules sitting in foreign prisons did NOT once think about the sadness,stress and torture they were about to enflict on their families! When government starts leading by example,rooting out all the corrupt,enforcing fitting punishment to those caught then they can talk about what we should be doing!!!!!

      Ian - 2011-12-13 12:29

      hear hear!

  • John Van Der Veen - 2011-12-13 11:42

    This nation who plunder Africa's resources and is intent on whipping or rhinos off the face of the earth - execution for those chinese nationals is only a fair trade.

  • Jimmy - 2011-12-13 11:54

    "Martens said Linden’s death had caused pain to a nation that did not believe in capital punishment as a form of justice." I beg to differ , no pain caused and I do infact believe that capital punishment should be implemented in SA.

      Sharon - 2011-12-13 13:11

      YES I agree .............Death to criminals

  • Refiloe - 2011-12-13 11:57

    Winnie Mandela's crime was to sympathise with poor women but the sad thing is that Cheryl Cwele who is supposed to be a women and protect other women subjected a woman to crime. I am wondering when is she starting to searve her sentence. ANCWL are just a talk show, how many women are in position of power but do not care about empowering other women. They always support men. A good example is that of the Premier Mokonyane who was turned into a lame duck because of the ANCWL. They is so much jealous amongst women to an extend that the only thing which is working is PHD (Pull Her Down) syndrome. The very same people they want other women to support their agendas.

      Shirley - 2011-12-13 12:09

      Problem is they serve the "causes" which will benifit them. I dont see them uplifting woman of all races,making better futures and oppertunities for everyone! Its all a political tool and a self enrichment programme.When Winnie was young[very young] she had poor woman at heart. Once she saw all the glitter,publicity and richness it all changed to servingher own interests.

  • Ian - 2011-12-13 12:35

    Dear ANCWL please stfu and gtfo. YOU, ANCWL, is the body that supposedly helps women in difficult situations. Stop lining your own pockets with riches and help the women, the women to whom you owe your very existence as an organisation. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. . . And sadly your actions so far have been toy-toying.

  • Merven - 2011-12-13 12:48

    Is this the same ANCWL that support the Shoot the Boer song? The same ANCWL that is run by the criminal Winnie? Amazing how Stompie is forgotten. For the ANCWL to talk against crime is like the Mafia talking against gangsterism.

  • Robin - 2011-12-13 13:31

    The ANC is the biggest criminal organisation in this country! Stop raping our tax money!!!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-13 13:59

    Talking shop! What about corruption? Do you want to tell me that you never knew about the S. African socio-economic situation. Where do you stay? Young kids dying of hunger on their way to dumping, you are a disgrace! Women living like men, when there is poverty, war or any crisis women and children suffer the most.

  • Rob - 2011-12-13 15:05

    Pass the buck!!! Again and again, ANC. Before any problem can be fixed the cause needs to be identified and accepted. I fail to see how poverty and not greed and entitlement is driving cause of much of the crime in South Africa. The ruling party needs to stop inflating expectations and deal with realities...... especially within its own ranks

  • millicentmnish - 2011-12-16 11:30

    MIKE ITS SO GOOD TO JUDGE- I DONT HVE RESPECT FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AS YOUR WORDS SHOWS THE KIND PERSON U ARE- BY MENTIONING THE ANC SLOGAN IT SHOWS U A STILL LEAVING IN THE GHOST OF THE PAST- CRIME DOESNT PAY FOR ANYONE THAT IS THE MESSAGE ACROSS- LEAVE PARTY POLITICS OUT OF THIS TOPIC- WOMEN SHOULD LEARN TO STICK TOGETHER IRRESPECTIVE OF COLOUR TO HELP EACH OTHER IN EVERY SITUATION TO ALLEVIATE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY COME ACROSS,ATLEAST THE ANCWL THOUGHT OF THAT- SOMETHING THE APARTHEID GOVERNMENT U FAVOUR NEVER THOUGHT OF DOING EXCEPT SUPPORT ONE COLOUR THAT IS YOUR COLOUR- VIVA TO THE ANCWL

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