SA woman executed in China

2011-12-12 07:24

Cape Town - A South African woman has been executed in China for smuggling drugs into that country, eNews reported on Monday.

Janice Bronwyn Linden, 35, was executed by lethal injection.

She was caught carrying 3kg of crystal methamphetamine at a Chinese airport in November 2008, and had reportedly exhausted all possible appeal processes.

Linden, from KwaZulu-Natal, was only told that she would be put to death on the morning of her execution.

According to Sapa, two of her sisters are in China, and were to be allowed an hour with her before she was put to death.

On Sunday, the DA called on President Jacob Zuma to make a last-minute attempt to save Linden's life.

"Drug mules should be punished for what they do. But this is clearly a case of a punishment not fitting the crime," said DA MP Stevens Mokgalapa.

  • maniza.ahoua - 2011-12-12 07:28

    May her soul rest in peace

      Tobie - 2011-12-12 07:34

      Thank you for being human.

      jrheeder - 2011-12-12 07:57

      I can't help but think what China would of done had it been an American. Clearly China think they can do what they like to Saffa's.

      Kolobe - 2011-12-12 08:00

      Could get rid of 75% of the nigerian population in sa if this way. Suspicious the da chooses to get involved in this case

      Hans - 2011-12-12 08:10

      She had in her possession drugs that would have caused havoc to many people and possibly caused deaths.She knew the penalty beforehand should she have been caught and yet went ahead and did it anyway.No matter how desperate you are in life, don't aquire an income by destroying other peoples lives.

      proafrikaans - 2011-12-12 08:23

      Oh please. She was smuggling a drug chemically related to tik. How many lives has tik ruined? Remember the mother who killed her tik-crazed son? Linden deserved what she got.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2011-12-12 08:38

      Some people get them self’s into so much “nonsense” sometimes, you can only shake your head in resignation. May her death not be in vain. Hopefully they at least took the time to find out who is behind this, and just maybe her death would save others by example.

      tbooze - 2011-12-12 08:50

      this doesnt help at all because we still have a bunch of Nigerians who think they own this country targeting young girls ,sorry stories like this will never end until our government stop fearing this Nigerians

      Barry - 2011-12-12 09:45

      When in Rome.... She knew the risks. China makes it clear that the death penalty is in place for drug crimes. So what is all the fuss about ?

      Marc - 2011-12-12 10:17

      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

      pieroleroux - 2011-12-12 10:28

      @proafrikaans Have you ever watched the series called "Banged up abroad"? It is about drug mules serving jail sentences in other countries. All of those stories are so heart broken solely to the fact that none of those mules really knew what they were getting themselves into. The drug lords con all those people with lies and deception stories. Watch that program and you will clearly see that none of them really deserves it. The people who are really the "destroyers" are the drug lords. They are the ones who conned this poor girl in to working for them. Their cunning ways of twisting the truth gets these ordinary people into these situations. I put the blame of this sad situation solely on the shoulders of the drug lords behind the deal. This poor girl was just a pawn for them. But, At least she had time to make peace with God before dying.

      Kenny - 2011-12-12 11:16

      live by the needle , die by the needle.

      Marc - 2011-12-12 11:20

      @steven - may you go straite to hell for being such a heartless, pathetic human being. have you never done something wrong out of desperation before? if it was yourself or your family member who made a huge mistake for whatever reason, would you judge so harshly? it is cold, hypocritical, soulless, extreme fanatics like yourself that ruin the world. whats the difference between a fundamentalist muslim, an idiot like george bush and you? nothing except youre just a faceless fool on a comments page

      Chop - 2011-12-12 11:37

      @pieroleroux "poor girl" at 35? I think not. I am not a fan of the death penalty, but even less a fan of people like this "poor girl".

  • samuelbowker - 2011-12-12 07:29

    There's no shortage of humans, lets get rid of the baddies.

      Gees - 2011-12-12 07:41

      We dont know the circumstances, these are desperate times, I don't condone the crime by any means, there are reasons behind most crimes, and this is a victimless one, lethal injection seem a bit harsh, punishment like that should be reserved for rapists and murderers not possibly desperate drug mules

      SamuraiMama - 2011-12-12 07:47

      Victimless??? Perhaps you should have a chat with a parent of a drug addicted child?

      chris.hitchcock1 - 2011-12-12 07:51

      Gees, this is not a victimless crime. Have you ever seen the devastation caused by crystal meth. Once you are hooked (and it is extremely addictive)it is almost impossible to get off the drug. In short, if you are addicted you will almost certainly die.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-12 08:11

      I guess the damage drugs cause to so many people justifies a harsh punishment, although death seems a bit harsh. I do agree with the comment "what if it was an American?" - I think the result would have been different I'm sure, and that annoys me - how some lives are more important than others.

      Michael - 2011-12-12 08:18

      At times these mules are unaware that they carrying drugs till its too late. Usually its their boyfriends are tied up with drug syndicates, and exploit their "love" or "emotional" connection to gain trust of the victim. Its a horrifying fact but it does happen.

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-12 08:26

      @Gees please read about the problem meth has caused in Cape Town before you say its victimless ! Damn the man, save the rainbow nation.

      Dane - 2011-12-12 08:41

      I wonder if they would execute a president if he had drugs on him... hmmmmm

      mouton.karen - 2011-12-12 09:07

      @Gees As someone who was indirectly affected by the abuse of the very drug that this woman was caught smuggling, I am appalled and offended that you could make the ignorant suggestion that this is a victimless crime. If your children or loved ones become addicted to it, then will I hear you say again how victimless this crime is? This drug destroys MILLIONS of lives every day. Not only for the end user, but for their families and the victims of their crimes too (yes, some of the users steal, rape and murder as a direct result of their drug use). This drug indirectly supports so many other crimes too, such as organised crime and human trafficking. Think before you open your mouth. This woman deserved the punishment, I'm only sorry for her friends and family. May her soul rest in peace as well as all the poor souls that have departed because of this drug. Shame on you Gees for even uttering those stupid words.

      Mattheu - 2011-12-12 09:16

      It is (for the most part) a victimless crime. Otherwise one could argue that McDonalds is also committing a terrible crime, by "forcing" burgers down the throats of its helpless obese customers.

      mouton.karen - 2011-12-12 09:43

      @Mattheu. You're even more ignorant than Gees. Since when do fat people murder and steal to get their greasy hands on a Big Mac? Since when do fat people rape 3 year olds because their sexual urges are messed up by the effects of the Big Mac on their endorphins and other brain chemistry? Since when to Big Mac suppliers traffic young girls and boys so that they can be subjected to the horrors of pleasuring the rich Big Mac eaters that hide behind a wall of wealth and prestige? Maybe Big Mac addicts beat their wives and mothers if they can't get their daily dose of Big Mac, I don't know? What do you think??? Don't be a fool. Please think before you speak. I'm emotional because I was affected. Like millions of others.

      Mattheu - 2011-12-12 10:33

      Karen, you are probably one of those parents who, when their son bumps his toe against a chair, blames the chair. Yes, I agree that there are girls being trafficed, with drugs forced upon them to "get them into line”. But for the most part, nobody is holding a gun against the average person to get hooked on drugs. One has to take responsibility for the consequences of one's own actions. Drug addicts beating their wives and mothers cannot simply put the blame on the doorstep of the dealer. It is their own actions/weaknesses that led them to that. Otherwise I can simply blame the devil for all my shortfalls...

      Merven - 2011-12-12 11:10

      @Gees, how is destroying innocent children and young people not in the same catagory as rape and murder? It is sad that she lost her life, but did she ever thought of the victims of drugs? Circumstances don't create a person, it reveals character, there is always a choice, she made a choice.

  • Dean Kenad - 2011-12-12 07:30

    Sad. We should start executing those drug peddlers in SA

      Eric - 2011-12-12 08:23

      Fully agree

      madsipho - 2011-12-12 08:34

      Lets start with these Nigerians, Bloody DrugLords!

      Francois - 2011-12-12 08:40

      ...and Rhino poachers !!!

      Thozi - 2011-12-12 09:07

      Sad, but I think China has the right attitude against drugs. SA could also start with the Nigerians at the rate of five executions per day...

      alta.barnard2 - 2011-12-12 10:32

      I agree 100%, SA would be a much better place!!!!!!

      Merven - 2011-12-12 11:12

      Agree, especially the Rhino poachers.

  • brionyl.french - 2011-12-12 07:31

    Hopefully a lesson is learnt here there is no quick buck

      Merven - 2011-12-12 11:13

      No, the lesson is, if you want to make a quick bug, first do your homework.

  • Ben - 2011-12-12 07:32

    Cruel but justice nonetheless. The same should happen in all countries to people who sell drugs, as they are worse than murderers. Pity it had to be a S. African in China and not a Nigerian in S.A.

      Phillip - 2011-12-12 07:57

      Will never happen in SA. Prisoners have more rights than the law-abiders! Let's face it - it was 3kg! Not only a few grams. I don't condone killing, but what was she doing? Killing people!

  • Charmaine - 2011-12-12 07:33

    what if she was really innocent....

      Moss - 2011-12-12 07:41

      There is a thin line between ignorance and being naive & you are flirting with it mam!!

      Kevin - 2011-12-12 07:46

      When you are caught with the drugs you are kind of guilty

      David - 2011-12-12 08:12

      Frank, it's like Philip said above, it was 3 Kg's!!, not only a couple of grams. Its like 6 blocks of margerine. And something like that does not easily find its way into your luggage without you knowing it.

      Jerhone - 2011-12-12 08:17

      then why go to China at all? it's got the worst human rights record, but fat goatboy will climb into bed with them for money, where are all the two faced countries that sanctioned SA. for human right violations? they are all whoreing with China today, it makes me think that they brought down the old SA. not for apartheit but for religious reasons, just a thought

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-12 08:28

      It wasn't weed she was delivering , do you know what meth does or how addictive it is ? Damn the man.

      Ed - 2011-12-12 10:04

      READ: she was caught WITH the drugs. it was over 3 years ago and not once did she try and argue that she was innocent. its their country, she deserves the punishment. drugs cause mayhem in any society...their country, their laws, we cannot dicate to them. (even though they dicate to us that the dalai cannot visit).

      Len - 2011-12-12 10:39

      3KGs is very hard to miss. On a recent trip, I even used bathroom scales to measure my bags as some airlines will charge an arm and a leg as soon as you go over your allowance of 30kg (and 20kg in some airlines). 3kg is 10% of 30kg and it is very hard not to note the difference. Millions of people fly into and out of China and very few ever claim that someone planted 3kg drugs in their bags. What is the motivation to simply choose someone randomly and accuse them of such a crime? It's not like China has fewer people to execute now that they need to target foreigners. Everytime I pick up my bag after a flight, I do a visual damage assessment, including to see whether the key has been tampered with. Fact is, we have too many young South Africans in jail across the world for being drug mules. Some may actually be unaware they are carrying drugs. They accept a trip from a stranger and in exchange carry a bag on behalf of their benefactor. This allows for deniability, often passing lie detector tests as the person was indeed unaware they were carrying drugs. However, there is nothing for free and if someone pays for your trip to carry a small bag to their grandmother, chances are that you are being used as a mule of some sort. I do however agree that death is quite extreme. While I am opposed to the death penalty, one needs to accept that China has every right to carry sentences that are part of their legal system, and we have the right to do the same.

      Len - 2011-12-12 10:40

      @Ed. She actually denied it all along and she never waivered in her denial even when there was a carrot i.e plead guilty and be sentenced to life imprisonment. I think you are mistaken, in this regard.

      Merven - 2011-12-12 11:19

      Yes Frank, you're right, she went to the pharmacy, her foot slip, she fell against a shelve, and the stuff fell into her bag, she didn't notice it, and went to the airport. Yip, that is making much more sense than she, putting the stuff in her bag.

  • John - 2011-12-12 07:34

    They have no respect for life. Don't understand why our government is so keen on sharing a bed with these guys... If push comes to shove and we can't pay back our ridiculous loans, they would be marching in. I understand that drugs can destroys lives, but lethal injections definitely does.

      StarStruck - 2011-12-12 07:46

      You know John the thing is that if the mule begins to realise that smuggling drugs to certain countries will end up like this case then the Kingpins would eventually have to do the job. This way the Kingpins come to you and not you to them. I think all countries should take this stand against drugs. The people that fall into these traps are most likely hooked to some kind of drug anyway.

      John - 2011-12-12 08:27

      For all the thumb downers. Think of it being your sister, no one really knows what goes on in other peoples lives. Right now, someone close to you could be battling with internal issues that is suffocating them. Could have been her last resort.

      Cina - 2011-12-12 09:03

      @John you say think it could be your sister. But think how does a parent, brother or sister feels if it was one of them that are fighting for their life being on drugs then you will also feel the same.

  • Malcolm - 2011-12-12 07:35

    The S.A Gov. should learn from their Chinese Masters and execute rapists, murderers AND corrupt officials.

      Bob - 2011-12-12 09:19

      China executed their Health Minister 2 years ago. His charge...Corruption! It certainly would stop a lot of the thugs in government here if the SA government adopted the same approach!

      Len - 2011-12-12 10:44

      If the death penalty was indeed a prevention, I would think the threat itself would suffice and no one would ever get executed. The fact that people still get executed means that it is not entirely as effective as we are made to believe.

  • Brandon - 2011-12-12 07:35

    So, the Dalai Lama is denied a VISA to SA because our government is scared of severing ties with China, but China can execute our citizens with no consequence. Trust me, I dont condone the crime the woman was involved in, but if international relations were so important, the Chinese have just popped us the middle finger....

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-12 08:18

      Its a sign of things to come. The Chinese don't dilly dally, all the African regimes jumping into bed with them had better not try mess them around in the future, they won't pussy foot around when looking after their own interests. They've already made it clear they don't care for human rights, business is business to them.

      Ari - 2011-12-12 08:31

      No, Dude, This is false reasoning, with respect. The Dalai Lama is a political issue. Drug smuggling is a criminal matter. If one country seeks political association and abides by another's request, there is nothing that says that ANY reciprocal request should be granted. There is no trade here. Apart from that, China routinely executes drug smugglers. In 2009 they executed a 53 year old, mentally retarded Brit. The world was horrified, but he died anyway. If the argument about amerika is valid, why not Britain? Politics and pressure have nothing to do with Chinese criminal justice.

      Ed - 2011-12-12 10:08

      i fully agree...and ari, sorry but it was still the same minister department who had been dealing with both matters. we had a trump card when the dalai wanted to visit...if anything, they should have used the card then. part of me does believe that this woman deserved the death penalty, rugs cause widespread mayhem and she wasimporting them into another country. surely many of us have wished that nigerian dealers could be executed???

      Len - 2011-12-12 10:48

      Botswana executed a South African. American has executed a few South Africans and I believe one of the Middle Eastern countries have executed South Africans and other Westerners. Do not remember a call to sever ties with those countries then. I do not agree with the death penalty but the double standards are quite galling.

  • jacobus.dewet1 - 2011-12-12 07:37

    Sad that people make stupid decisions in life, put your family through all the crap. I think it is time we start to take very serious action against all people that kill our Rhino's and sell the horns as "sex drugs" money has no value, paying fines and suspended sentances does not work, dont think any South Africa will try and run drugs into China soos after the fate of this poor lady.

      adam.ferreira3 - 2011-12-12 08:19

      The sad thing is there is probably some man/woman that reads this on their way to the airport about to go smuggle to china and then still do it. It is a vicious circle.

      Michael - 2011-12-12 09:49

      Tongue in cheek! Apparently about 70% of permits issued to hunters for rhino hunting go to the Koreans, maybe, just maybe we should stop giving permits or does it have something to do with back-handers? (En passante).

  • Pieter - 2011-12-12 07:39

    The question to be asked. Was she framed or was she really guilty. If the latter then so earned it.

  • Morongwa - 2011-12-12 07:43

    Crime doesn't pay, i hope people learnt from Janice... law had to take its course though its sad. rest in peace Janice

  • Mlungisi - 2011-12-12 07:44

    Don't mess with Chinese government...........

  • vanetia.mentor - 2011-12-12 07:44

    oh heck...imagine to be told on the day you gona be exd wow...Makes me wana boycot china town now..and buy local products instead of made in china

      Janine - 2011-12-12 08:05

      Good luck finding anything that is not made in China ;-)

  • Anell - 2011-12-12 07:47

    It's strange how the ANC decide when to be involved - surely this happened 3 years ago and she is only executed this morning , our government could have helped. Murders and rapists have freedom in our country and after all China are responsible for the biggest loads of drugs imported to our country - disguised schedule 5 drugs and not so long ago the chinese mafia even paid abalone poachers with drugs - Come on our countries value system is so corrupt - but hey hang on - now I remember this same so called authorities we have that could have helped this girl has refused the Dalai Lama .......... two wrongs don't make a Right But man if you want to condemn someone else then surely you have to make sure your own cupboard is clean first!..... This is SICK and VERY VERY SAD!

      Kevin - 2011-12-12 07:49

      Citizens versus paying buddies = paying buddies if you are anc

      Althea - 2011-12-12 09:13

      I agree 100% Anell!

      khutso.b - 2011-12-12 09:16

      we all know that the ANC is kinda disappointing, but must we always blame it for our own "immoral" behaviours?

      eric.klopper - 2011-12-12 10:55

      No Anell, what is SICK and VERY VERY SAD is the amount of people the world over that loose their EVERYTHING to drug peddlars who ask that everybody feel sorry for them when they're dumb enough to be caught in a country that will EXCECUTE them for their crimes. THEY PEDDLE MISERY EVERY DAY, and you award them with SYMPATHY. She wasnt caught with 3Kg's of Dagga, she was caught with 3Kg's of Crystal Meth. I dont care how she got there, I care about the lives damaged everyday by that same POISON she was caught with. A while ago there was a, based on true life, movie with Johny Depp about a Cocaine dealer in the US, who got caught, went to jail and in the closing of the movie the viewer was left to lament the fact that his OWN DAUGHTER REFUSED TO VISIT HIM IN JAIL, Bad daughter, Poor Drug Dealer. We all need to get our priorities right and STOP FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE CRIMINALS and START FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE VICTIMS. The difference between her and those who would have ended up killing themselves with that crap she carried in her bag is that she received a short simple death. Woke up this morning, go to sleep by 10. Her VICTIMS are slowly poisoned, their families and loved ones poisoned every day for sometimes YEARS on end, before either final death or final release come to them. And YES I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE. GET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT.

      eric.klopper - 2011-12-12 10:56

      BTW to all who missed it my "OWN DAUGHTER REFUSED TO VISIT HIM IN JAIL, Bad daughter, Poor Drug Dealer" comment was PURE SARCASM.

      Eric - 2011-12-12 11:10

      I speak of 15 years of experience as a parent and then thirty years of experience as a child of drug users. I have made my commnetsd against my government in the past of various issues. I have made my commnets on countries like china on the poaching syndicates. Remember it is not the chinese government poaching it is syndicates. Chinese government has also come out against the poaching. However we are now speaking on a person that was smuggling drugs that kills, ruins families etc etc.If I had my way the same penalty should be given worldwide.

  • Denzil - 2011-12-12 07:49

    I smell a Cwele in this deal. However, we may never know now.

      David - 2011-12-12 08:21

      Denzil, of course there is a Cwele in this deal. The girl was recruited to do somebody's else's dirty work. That still makes her part of the drug trading mechanism.

  • allen.visser - 2011-12-12 07:50

    SA needs the same punitive measures, no b/s attitude here. Our crime and moral decay would be under control if SA had the death penalty. Miss Lindin knew what she was doing and the risks involved. Drug mules are well rehearsed before these runs. Compared to the numerous innocent lives that would have been ruined if the meths hit the streets, she died for a good cause. I take my hat off to China for protecting its people from such vagrants.

  • Raymond - 2011-12-12 07:50

    if u cant do the time,dont do the crime!

  • Atholl - 2011-12-12 07:50

    Mules and Lords - Mules executed ? debatable regarding the punishment .. But when the DrugLords are executed - that's significant justice.. ... but who are the DrugLords ?? ... ordinary, needy and destitute ?? or high powered, politically connected - government sponsored and protected agents ?? ..... imagine that ! ... a politician's wife or even a politician connected to illicit drugs .... executed at dawn ? ... that's how 'protected' British politicians 'usurped-developed' the opium trade in Afghanistan - as Drug Lords.

      Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-12-12 08:09

      bt if the mules dnt mitigate their sentences by ratting on the lords?anyways me thnks u mess up ppl's lives with drugs urs shnt be spared either

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2011-12-12 07:51

    Let's wait until we hear from her sisters what really happened. I am quite certain it will appear soon in the Huisgenoot/ You magazine.

  • IcemanGP - 2011-12-12 07:56

    Can we send all our criminals there?

      Frik - 2011-12-12 08:19

      It will take ages to get them all there!!

      Deon - 2011-12-12 10:13

      Zuma wont go!!!

  • Modefan - 2011-12-12 07:58

    That's another good thing we can learn from China besides hard work and kung-fu

  • mholthuysen - 2011-12-12 07:59

    You break the law - you pay; something which should be done right here at home.

  • Larry - 2011-12-12 07:59

    RIP, It shows how much influence South Africa has with China, against how much influence China has with South Africa. Its a one way street. However, she knew the consequences of her actions, and the Death Penalty is the norm, not only in China, but in most of the middle and Far East.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-12 08:28

      Yet despite this strong action on crime, the Chinese Triad is the most powerful crime syndicate (heavily involved in the world drug scene) in the world. They seem a bit soft on their own big criminals - perhaps they are "connected". Some lives are more important than others, klaar.

  • mario - 2011-12-12 08:00

    sad. very sad.

      Nitronic - 2011-12-12 08:03

      Why is this sad??? SA should follow China's example by implementing the death penalty. As jy nie wil hoor gaan jy voel.

  • t0rus - 2011-12-12 08:06

    Punishments like like give the perpetrator no chance of making amends, changing their ways. It is a savage approach, not worthy of any humanity inspired approach to life.

      Penny - 2011-12-12 08:24

      @t0rus - I have seen my nephew having a drug fit. Eyes staring, not recognising you. Nose dribbling snot. Drool dripping off his chin. His head bang against the window of the car as we're rushing him to hospital. A million more brain cells fried forever. I've bailed him out of the police cells after having been arrested for buying the junk. Amazing that he was pointed out as the purchaser, but NO ONE, repeat NO ONE pointed out the seller. I've only been there on one or two occasions. Pity the families who have this type of life 24/7 + 365!!! I have no pity for drug peddlars...

      Michael - 2011-12-12 10:00

      @Penny - I thought drugs were supposed to make you "happy"??

  • Matty - 2011-12-12 08:06

    The Death Penalty can only be justice if it is upheld by a government without criminal connections and corruption. Somehow that almost rules out about every country.

  • OSSY24 - 2011-12-12 08:07

    "banged up abroad" just waiting for the show to air

  • Ludwig - 2011-12-12 08:10

    How many people can 3Kg crystal methamphetamine kill?

      Mike - 2011-12-12 09:45

      Out of a population of 1.3 billion not many

  • Gaolatlhe Moabi James Kanakang - 2011-12-12 08:11

    so does this mean in china when found guilty you "DEAD"? Dammit...

  • Jamie - 2011-12-12 08:11

    Sad to see this happen but these are the rules and the only way to stop this trade that is killing people. Smuggling drugs is like smuggling weapons. The results are the deaths of others and the sentence is harsh but correct. The DA is wrong to say that the sentence does not fit the crime - it does and she knew the results of her actions as will the South African caught in Thailand recently.

  • doesterhuizen - 2011-12-12 08:13

    Lets apply the same punishement to Rhino KILLERS

      Amanda - 2011-12-12 08:19

      I totally agree!!!! - 2011-12-12 09:11

      Kill a rhino and we kill you? Really? Human life equivalent to rhino life? Bit much maybe? Can a human life pay for that of an animal? If so, it means they have the same price. Where do we draw the line, how do you price an ant's life? Cat, dog?

      Althea - 2011-12-12 09:17

      Yes, Kill a Rhino we kill you!

  • nokuthandwa - 2011-12-12 08:13

    Seeing that most SA residents are calling for the return of the death penalty, are we going to ask Mr Zuma to intervene in each and every execution? I'm not saying they were right in executing the woman BUT she messed with international laws. She knew the risks, she took them. Unfortunately, she messed with a country where the death penalty is applicable. I do feel sorry for her family but lets NOT blame Zuma for her death. The world is fighting a losing battle against Crystal Methamphetamine, by transporting the drugs, she herself has killed many users and messed up many homes. AND please, lets also leave the Dalai Lama issue out of this!

      nelsonholihlahlamandela - 2011-12-12 08:39

      Nokuthandwa , i felt sad her . but law is law . have heard anything about Cwele's case

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-12 08:41

      Fair enough, but the Chinese seem to have no will to control their very own mafia, the Triad. Obviously this lass was not dealing with them, so she had to cop it - don't want competition you know. And these Chinese angels are decimating the worlds shark and rhino populations - and have no will to do anything about it. Makes one think - are they really strong on crime, or just crimes that don't suit their agenda?

  • johan.visser - 2011-12-12 08:15

    I'm not opposed to the death penalty or to someone getting punished for transgressing... but we did the bidding of China in refusing the Dalai Lama access, but they still apply this harsh punishment? Are simply a tolerable nuisance, whilst the red dragon strips our continent of its resources?

      hadedah - 2011-12-12 08:43

      Very good point Johann. Our senior members of society that rule us dont seem to realise what is going to happen to our country it is possibly happening even now. More and more farms will be taken over and developed to full extent to produce food for China. Not for our locals.

      Rob - 2011-12-12 08:50

      The take over by China is not limited to SA, many European and American countries are experiencing similar shifts in economic power. The difference between Africa and Europe seems to be that African leaders have extremely short future vision, prefering to sell out as much as possible (presumably to enrich themselves during their political careers) rather than prioritising the future financial wellbeing of their country.

  • Preshen - 2011-12-12 08:15

    If you are cannibal what will be your last meal ?

      Michael - 2011-12-12 10:06

      Your arm!

  • Mika - 2011-12-12 08:16

    Law is Law

  • adam.ferreira3 - 2011-12-12 08:16

    Any person/s who put their hands on drugs, must and should realize that they can get caught no matter what the circumstances! There is no reason to blame our government for this woman's death. The only sad thing about this is her family. THEY are the ones who will torture themselves by thinking : "Is there anything we could have done to stop her?" "Was there any signs that we didn't see?". And we can go on all day about the death sentence. It's their country, their laws

  • Pieter - 2011-12-12 08:17

    Jeez, sit for so many years waiting each morning for the guard to come tell you "todays the day". What an aweful punishment. But how many kids watched their parents fade to nothing on the drugs she carried? Not enough info to make a judgement call here. Hopefully this will be a message to drug mules

  • Kraken - 2011-12-12 08:17

    Do you guys realize that she was a mule... and only that. The guys who organize everything is still out there. They sometimes manipulate people into being drug mules. I truly have sympathy for this woman. The people behind all this should be put to death.

      elmarie.daniels1 - 2011-12-12 10:21

      yes the drug lords should be killed in the most brutal way in my eyes but also keep in mind that at some point in time the drug mules will realise that they are toying with their own lives and stop doing it on behalf of the drug lords... maybe then the trade will cease or the drug lords themselves will have to come out from under their cloaks and face the punishment they so rightly deserve... this is a clear message to other drug mules that they will not be tolerated when caught not if!

  • musamuskid - 2011-12-12 08:19

    Sad sad day for her family, but she chose to take chances with the Chinese.

  • Liz - 2011-12-12 08:19

    This should be a deterrent for all drug mules! For the SA lady sitting in prison in Dakar Senegal, you are lucky you only got a 10 year sentence for smuggling 6kg of cocaine! Imagine if they had the death penalty! You have ruined so many peoples lives, including your children! Hang your head in shame!

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2011-12-12 08:19

    The debate about the death penelty will never end, and people must take responsibility for the actions, however the 1st time I heard of this case was yesterday. What were the details of the case? How come up to now we heard nothing from out Government who are staunch opponents of the death penelty? I also feel the true criminals, the people who sent her to China got away scot free.

      MagamboArt - 2011-12-12 10:27

      If they are can do proper investigation they are should be able to find people who sent her to China.

  • Zeeman - 2011-12-12 08:19

    If people smuggle drugs and get executed so must all people be executed that deal in Rhino horn.

  • eric.klopper - 2011-12-12 08:20

    All drug dealers and drug mules MUST be put to death. That is the only way of stopping this scourge from destroying lives across the world. Consider how many parents would have lost children, children parents, others loved ones to that 3Kg of poison she was carrying with her. Kill them all. You have 0 sympathy from me. And no China has a long reputation of executing drug mules, from all countries including the USA. Good for them for protecting their people.

  • Dean - 2011-12-12 08:20

    Do the crime. Accept the consequences. Crime is crime regardless of where you come from. The fact that she was SA doesnt change anything. Zuma cannot and could not prevent this.

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-12-12 08:21

    Serves her right....

  • nicn44 - 2011-12-12 08:21

    this should happen to every drug mule until they are eradicated irrespective race, religion, gender

  • Eric - 2011-12-12 08:22

    What this woman was involved with kills and breaks down families and leads families and users into poverty. You live by the sword you die by the sword. One wonders how many other times she smuggled drugs and got away with it. Show no mercy is my view.

  • basilvn - 2011-12-12 08:24

    I feel extremely sorry for Janice Bronwyn Linden but if you do the crime then you must do the time. This punishment is merciful because of the lives that she helps to destroy. Not only the lives of users but the lives of friends and family get wrecked as well. Drug addiction is an earthly hell for all and in many cases leads to suicide.

  • Deon - 2011-12-12 08:24

    Lets export the Nigerians,rapist,child molesters etc to China!!!