Trafficking: SA man gets life in Bali jail

2012-05-31 10:06

Johannesburg - A South African man has been sentenced to life in a Bali prison this week after being arrested with R3.5m worth of tik last year, a report said on Thursday.

Brett Savage, 44, will spend the rest of his life in jail  but was lucky to escape the death penalty, the Cape Argus reported.
His mother, Myra Savage from Johannesburg, said on Wednesday night the family was still taking in the news, as they had been told to expect a lesser sentence.

Savage was arrested in October last year after he was found carrying just under 3kg of crystal methamphetamine (tik). Customs officials had reportedly noticed an unusual item in his luggage during a routine X-ray and found the drugs in a suitcase.

Just over a week ago, another South African, Sheilla Motsweneng, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for trafficking 2.5kg of tik.

Savage’s mother’s says her family cannot afford to appeal his sentence and have received very little help from the South African government.

  • Clive - 2012-05-31 10:11


      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-05-31 10:21

      Yeah let them rot in jail. They are putting countless lives in danger for money!!

      Janice - 2012-05-31 10:26

      Excellent!!! He can be glad he wasnt given the chop! If you play with fire.....

      Squeegee - 2012-05-31 10:35

      While I feel for his family, I cant but help wonder if they would have benefited from his crime.. Can they realistically ask the government for help?

      Rob - 2012-05-31 10:55

      Tik...Tok ! As time passes by, so slowly for this fugg up.

      Hoenderma - 2012-05-31 11:08

      I hope he gets a slow puncture and dies a long lingering death in the chookie the dirty dog

      Bryan - 2012-05-31 11:19

      Good riddance... and why would they deserve any assistance from Government? No cure for stupidity!!!

      Nigel - 2012-05-31 11:21


      Tamaranui - 2012-05-31 14:05


      Honey - 2012-05-31 20:39

      Great news! rot in hell you swine!

  • Chris - 2012-05-31 10:14

    Thank you Bali for sparing the SA tax payer from having to support this scum bag.

      Daan - 2012-05-31 11:30

      Spot on, Chris.

      edwardsch - 2012-05-31 11:44

      He always dreamt about retiring to the seaside. Just a pity the view will be obscured by a few bars, but that is the price you pay, scumbag!!!!

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-05-31 14:27

      now if the ANC would do the same here, but they won't because the some ANC ministers wives are traffickers, like Cheryl Cwele

  • conway.reynolds - 2012-05-31 10:15

    Sorry, but if you deal you must suffer the consequence. Why should my hard earned Tax money be spent on drug dealers or carriers. They are a menace to society. Just look around and see the thousands of school kids affected by your son bad habits. Sorry no sympathy from me. I have lost loved ones due to drugs so my tolirance level is ZERO

      IAmTheDarkPrince - 2012-05-31 11:17

      Learn to spell before you fume. Better yet, shut your mouth before you judge.

      Bob - 2012-05-31 12:41

      Iam the dark prince ? no you are just a prize wanker

      Honey - 2012-05-31 20:43

      I am the Dark Prince - Friend of yours then?

  • Helmut - 2012-05-31 10:15

    Let him rott

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-31 10:21

    Greatest news since sliced bread, no mercy for drug traffickers I hope SA will do the same!!! Rot in jail garbage boy

  • Annelize - 2012-05-31 10:21

    What help does the family expect?

  • Loo - 2012-05-31 10:21

    Hang the bastard !!!

  • Vuyani Vuyo Dlamini - 2012-05-31 10:23

    but why is the one with 3kg is getting life imprisonment but 2,5kg with 15years jail sentence, difference of a 1kg. I don't get it.

      Leon - 2012-05-31 10:35

      Very good question Vuyani. 6 Years per 500gram. So he should get 18 YEARS. Hope it is not a black/white thing.

      Henry - 2012-05-31 10:35

      Also don't get it ,half a kilo that different..... Stuffing drug dealers wrecking peoples lives

      Robert - 2012-05-31 10:53

      Who cares??? Less sh1t for sa to worry about

      Paco - 2012-05-31 10:58

      this black lady asked for a discount ....eish

      bernard.ingram - 2012-05-31 11:14

      If you plead guilty you get a lesser sentence. Savage denied the charges, so he gets life. Stupid little man!

      gail.joyce2 - 2012-05-31 19:32

      (Savage was considered impolite and arrogant during the court sessions. “He did not admit to nor regret any of his wrongdoings,” the judge added, pointing at the smiling Savage. - taken from Jakarta Post) What would the idiot have to smile about??? Also Sheilla gave up names - I don't think Savage did.

  • Gary - 2012-05-31 10:36

    Why expect governments help,there are a lot of innocent young children in SA that need the governments help and one day might have become addicted to the very drug this lowlife was transporting

  • nickolse - 2012-05-31 10:42

    Why would the family expect to receive help from our government? The guy did what he did and now has to pay the price. He is just another person contributing to South Africa's bad name internationally. As if JZ and the ANC aren't doing a good enough job by themselves!!

  • Jim - 2012-05-31 10:43

    He must rot in jail

  • maritha.coetzer - 2012-05-31 10:44

    Good Let him rot in jail.

  • maritha.coetzer - 2012-05-31 10:44

    Good Let him rot in jail.

  • maritha.coetzer - 2012-05-31 10:45

    Let him rot in jail.

      Rob - 2012-05-31 10:53

      One more time maritha !

  • Jaco - 2012-05-31 10:51

    I care less, they should have hanged him. How many life's would have been destroyed by that drugs and now he must be looked after for the next 25+ years. I have no sympathy with a drug dealer/carrier.

  • Dawn - 2012-05-31 10:51

    Hope this does not sound moralistic, but why will people carry drugs, and why are they and their families surprised when they are sentenced in terms of the country's laws?

  • Neville - 2012-05-31 10:51

    The South African Government must not even consider assistance to these drug traffickers. Let them rot in jail like our children are rotting right in front of us

  • Rob - 2012-05-31 10:52

    Savage !

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-31 10:55

    I hope that the conditions in Bali prisons are the worst in the world. He deserve a sentence far worse than the death penalty.

      jumey.m.kallweit - 2012-05-31 11:29

      it is the worst, I have been there! It ain't no joke! :(

  • Vuyani Vuyo Dlamini - 2012-05-31 11:02

    its either a black n white issue or maybe its a gender issue.

      edwardsch - 2012-05-31 11:38

      Idiot, it is a DRUG issue. Why are you turning this into a race and/or gender issue? The lives that will be affected by those drugs are not based on race or gender so get a life and pull your head out from under the rock.

      jack.kukard - 2012-05-31 12:42

      you a prick...

      Clive - 2012-05-31 17:43

      I think Vuyani had his tongue in his cheek when he wrote this, so lighten up guys!

  • Jackie - 2012-05-31 11:02

    What help do they expect? He is a drug dealer finished and klaar!

      Rob - 2012-05-31 17:36

      Right on boy.....

  • victor.ejike.5 - 2012-05-31 11:07

    South africa and drugs!

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-05-31 11:19

    Why must you get help from the government??? Did the government send him to Bali??? If you don't know there are plenty of lolly houses in Eldo's and Noordgesig and the girls are ready for action for a single sniff!!!

      edwardsch - 2012-05-31 11:48

      Take you sick mind and go back to wherever you came from. We do NOT need you and your disgusting attitude !!!!

  • Vic - 2012-05-31 11:22

    Here we go again; expecting the government to do something! It's his own fault, he knew the risks, so rot in jail!

  • Brent - 2012-05-31 11:22

    Yes please! Why must i work my ass off while these scum bags reap the benefits from other peoples misery!!! Let the scum suffer like the poor children would have suffered, put all drug dealers to death.

  • edwardsch - 2012-05-31 11:28

    No one forced him to carry the drugs. Don't expect sympathy from us. Drug suppliers, runners etc are no better than common murderers in my book!!!!!!!!!!

  • Daan - 2012-05-31 11:29

    The stupid bastard should have been hanged. Serves him right.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-31 11:32

    Do the crime, do the time. How come the black chick only got 15 years. I suppose a life sentence would be considered racist.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-31 14:08

      There is an actual factual reason for this decision. Forget the race card here greg.

      theprodigy.brian - 2012-05-31 14:33

      I agree, why bring race into it, why would Indonisia have any reason to base the sentences on race, jeez

  • lisle.carolissen - 2012-05-31 11:33

    If you want to do the crime you must be prepared to do the time!

  • Anthony - 2012-05-31 11:33

    They shouldnt call them mules. Mules have more brains

  • Kevin Masenya - 2012-05-31 11:34

    the guy will be incarcerated for 15 only for 3kg of tik! how dangerous is tik people

  • Phiwo - 2012-05-31 11:43

    Help for what?

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-05-31 11:45

    His mother says they got very little help from SA gov. What does she expect our Gov to do. Hedid the crime so he does the time

  • jus.manning - 2012-05-31 11:45

    Why should the SA govt assist with this? He is a bottom feeder and deserves to be behind bars with the rest of the other bottom feeders who do not respect society and the lives of others.

  • Ben - 2012-05-31 12:13

    Another moron bites the dust.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-05-31 12:34

    ohk,fine...south africans comit crime 2 ather country and get hash sentence,what SA gorv do when these foreigners comit crime in SA?

  • Antipoaching - 2012-05-31 12:35

    You want to do the crime, then do the time bru!

  • jack.kukard - 2012-05-31 12:35

    Great news , they should string him up , and pass on to our courts how to deal with these scum....

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-05-31 12:36

    I dont blame family for expecting support from the SA government.. ANC clearly support crime i.e. Selebi etc... why not help drug dealers??

  • Richard - 2012-05-31 12:47

    do crime and expect the gov to help WTF!

  • nikondaniel - 2012-05-31 12:53

    Tik, tok, Tik, tok...

  • Bernice - 2012-05-31 13:11

    Extremely sad to think that after all the recent articles with the same kind of story, people still take the risk. How, desperate can you be? I have absolutely no sympathy when it comes to this. You have to work for what you want in life, nothing comes easy in life. My heart breaks for a mother who has to learn about this. You do the CRIME you must to the TIME.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-05-31 13:13

    You not gonna get any help from the government unless you work for it! Dah!

  • reina.b.pretorius - 2012-05-31 13:36

    Let him rot in jail. Thank you you know how many innocent children's life's you saved. NO help from SA Government....... at least this time i can give SA Government a thumb up.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-05-31 14:11

    He's finish now

  • theprodigy.brian - 2012-05-31 14:38

    yea, & what will that Nigerian get that was arrested and found to have R 8 million of drugs (cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and speed) in his apartment in Cape Town, what will he get, 10 years, maybe 8, this is the kind of guy that kills people, that ruins your daughters life, that is one of the main contributors to crime & violence. He should get the death penally, he should hang, lets see what he gets.

  • Susan - 2012-05-31 15:37

    Tik kills!!!!! If you do the crime, you derserve to do the time!! I have NO sympathy, I know what it does the families!!

  • ayandab3 - 2012-05-31 17:27

    i wonder when people will learn a lesson on this trafficing issue.

  • Rob - 2012-05-31 17:31

    GOOD. Another 'drug dealer' off the streets. He knew the consequences of drug peddling yet chose to carry on anyway. Rot in hell my mate...

  • VanessaCathleenStewart - 2012-05-31 18:26

    Simple can't do the time don't do the crime.