DA: Not enough done to stop execution

2011-12-12 18:00

Johannesburg - The government did not do enough to prevent the execution of a South African woman in China on Monday for drug smuggling, the Democratic Alliance said.

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

He said the steps taken by the South African government to prevent the execution were not enough to save the woman's life.

Janice Bronwyn Linden, 35, from KwaZulu-Natal, was executed by lethal injection.

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.

The department of international relations said on Monday that President Jacob Zuma tried to intervene in the execution.

"He [Zuma] did intervene. All the necessary interventions were done at every possible level, even the highest ones," department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

Mokgalapa said the DA would submit several questions to Parliament in order to clarify the position government took during the intervention process.

"South Africans deserve to know what was done to assist Linden and her family in pleading for a fair sentence and to be assured that the failure of diplomatic pressure from the South African government cannot be attributed to our apparent human rights blind spot where China is concerned," Mokgalapa said.

On Monday the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said the Chinese government 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.

He said China should have also considered South Africa's position on the death penalty before making the decision.

"The death penalty was abolished in South Africa expressly because its citizens consider it to be a fundamental violation of human rights," he said.

  • VoiceOfReason - 2011-12-12 18:05

    If you are going to commit a crime in a different country then you should accept their laws, this is why SA is extraditing the British man they suspect of arranging to have his wife killed in SA, so he can face SA courts and SA law. You can't have it both ways.

      Fanie - 2011-12-12 18:15

      The drug (tik) might have killed someone else.

      Kala - 2011-12-12 18:47

      It's simple. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. A simple philosophy yet seemingly difficult for many to understand or follow.

      Kenny - 2011-12-12 19:09

      Can the DA please just get over this, there's more important things to worry about then a drug trafficker.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-12 19:18

      THe DA is reading the public wrongly on this issue. Most comments today sympathise with the family but show little feeling for the convicted drug mule. They should rather stand up for those fighting the drug scourge in the Western Cape where Tik is killing many.

      Juicecard - 2011-12-12 19:52

      Yes, you are punished according to the laws of the country where the crime is committed so DA please shut up and stop interfering with chineese laws

      Paul - 2011-12-12 19:54

      Zuma smokes the Chinese emperors pipe.

      Paul - 2011-12-13 01:14

      @ VoiceOfReason I agree in part, however I do believe that a question still needs to be raised. What level of commitment the SA State has for it citizens. We proudly let every rapist and murderer out on bail with human rights and all, jump on the band wagon of past injustices, apartheid, BEE yada yada. Yet for 3 years what was done to spare her life? I am not saying Janice Linden should not have been punished. Wouldn't you expect your Government to at least intervene and not just wait until the last moment? So I would like some answers to what banner the SA "flies" on behalf of it Human Rights Grandstanding. The great Nelson Mandela and all champion of? you guessed it OR was selling out our souls to import cheap crap that will eventually kill any prospect of economic growth because there is no incentive to build our own industries. OR is it a case that the abolition of the SA Death Penalty is to protect the guilty and all this brouhaha is not such a big issue because there is much raping and plundering to be done? After all it was just some poor stupid chick god forbid it be a person of interest "Oh the in humanity of it all" and the BS and the Hypocrisy flows... This will all be forgotten tomorrow yet another day where we all just let it slide by in the land where some are more equal than others because murderers get second chances here. Protecting our citizens is not that important when they make stupid mistakes abroad is that right!

      Joe - 2011-12-14 10:15

      Japanese attitude: If one can do it I can do it.If no one can do it,I must do it African attitude: Owh eish.If one can do it .Let him do it.If no one can do it ,How can I do it.If He can do coruption,why cant I also do coruption? Like mentioned above.We only have millions to feed not billions and therefore with the right attitude and willingness be able to look after our self and instead to sell to those billions other and to create our own China if you so wish to be Chinese.

  • Alva - 2011-12-12 18:15

    Janice took the risk and paid the price. If you are an international drug trafficker, this is the hazard of your occupation. If this was the penalty in RSA, we would not have such a rampant drug problem.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-12 18:21

      I agree. I can't believe the DA would defend a drug trafficker!

      TSR01 - 2011-12-12 19:17

      Ibhubesi, not to sound like I'm defending drug traffickers, because I'm not, but even if a person does something wrong / illegal / etc., they are, by all technicality, still a human being like you and I. We may not know why Janice was smuggling drugs (was she poor? did she need to get money for her family by any means necessary?), though to condemn the life of a person as null and void for committing a crime is harsh, unforgiving, and quite simply, inhumane - it is a sadistic, murderous, and intolerant mindset. Rapists intentionally destroy other people's lives to satisfy their greed. Not all drug traffickers do the same. Please try not to lump every crime into one pile, and condemn them all as equally punishable / unacceptable - some crimes are far worse than others. ;)

      Raymond - 2011-12-12 21:01

      @TSR01: Really!! Drugs take many lives with a huge amount of collateral damage. The taking of life is not be taken lightly but the law pre-existed her crime. She played, she lost.

  • Thozi - 2011-12-12 18:16

    Well, there won't be anymore drugs into China by any South African, any time soon. SA can do well to take a leaf out of that. Sorry for her family though.

  • tonycoxmusic - 2011-12-12 18:17

    that doesn't negate the fact that to kill another human being is to display the mentality of the host nation as utterly barbaric, devoid of common sense and basic human compassion. I certainly do not accept their laws because quite simply they suck and there should have been an outcry for this poor woman...

      mundu.olewega - 2011-12-12 18:32

      Well SA is China's bitch. Zuma won't do anything to ruffel their feathers.

      TSR01 - 2011-12-12 19:18

      Agreed on both of the above points.

      Raymond - 2011-12-12 21:04

      Where is the outcry for the lives of the people whose lives are INTENTIONALLY destroyed by the drug traffickers. DEATH to all drug dealers at all levels

      maria.kruse2 - 2011-12-12 21:05

      She was utterly barbaric, devoid of common sense and basic human compassion. She is a risk to any society. Life is all about choices. At the age of 35 making the correct choice, in this case, should not have been a problem at all. Why should any country carry the costs of a drug offender, either in jail or in an institution, when there are millions of honest people starving to death

      Ian - 2011-12-13 06:27

      @Tony - If you kill a cancer then its a good thing. Drug traffickers, just like murderers and rapists, are a cancer unto society.

  • Fila - 2011-12-12 18:18

    Typical... Quick to call on news agencies and go against everything the government does! Question is: What are YOU doing about it...? This type of politics is just outdated maan, hence we not voting for your party cos you are anti-ANC and you are not giving us reasons why we should vote for you! The opposition is just a watchdog, period! Maybe the DA can learn a thing or two from the IFP representative, Mr Ben Sikhosana.

      Mike - 2011-12-12 18:36

      Cele? Ring a bell?

      Kenny - 2011-12-12 21:43

      The only thing that they can do is oppose...that's why they will remain opposition party for the next 300 hundred years. Where are solutions DA?

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-12 18:20

    This government has far more pressing issues on its agenda to attend to than to consern itself with an individual who willingly volunteered to do crime in another country! If the DA has time on its plate then it must go and play the devil's advocate on its own! We have service delivery to worry about for the majority who placed us in power!

      Mike - 2011-12-12 18:31

      "placed us in power" You a member of the government? or are you a member of the 'ruling party' that disgraces itself at every turn. Remember your 'member ' who has been convicted of drug trafficking, not just being a 'mule' but employing them. GAL

      TSR01 - 2011-12-12 19:20

      Well said, Mike. Phumezo, you are quick to decide to use ignorance as an excuse to hide the ANC's crimes, convictions, and corruption - please use your brain and think! How many charges were brought against Jacob Zuma? Do you even remember? No? How unfortunate.

      Akesh - 2011-12-12 21:56

      Thats why the majority are still starving .Thats why the poorest of the poor are still oppressed.Thats possibly why that drug trafficker and many other citizens had/have to take such a drastic step.Its all because of government failing its people. Please make sure that eradication of corruption is placed on a pressing agenda - pressing because then goverment would be forced to act against its own comrades.Those guilty of corruption should be executed as they destroy a country after being entrusted by the people--there can be no bigger betrayal than that.Thats if of course corruption is viewed seriously.

  • Elsie - 2011-12-12 18:21

    Not sure what could have been done by govt to prevent the execution,maybe an open letter to President could have shared some light, as government had intervene since 2008 when she was arrested and sentenced in 2009, and she lost the appeal twice, cos no one will ever believe this ongoing story of "i dun know who put the stuff in my luggage" but unfortunately China govt refused to turn it into life sentence

  • David - 2011-12-12 18:22

    Unfortunately a woman was probably used as a drug mule however if you are prepared to break a law where the death penalty is the punishment then you cannot complain about it When in Rome do as the Romans do. It is also a death penalty offence in Malaysia and a number of other countries why do people not support the death panalty I do not know an eye for an eye some may say she did not comit murder but how many children have had their lives wrecked by drugs. It should also be the death penaly in South Africa along with a number of other crimes such as brutal murder and rape to name just a couple. Why is it a crime aainst humanity when the justification for a death sentence is what a murder or rape especially of a child deserves. And if you smuggle brain stunting and addictive drugs it is also something that should get the death penalty. I have nothing against people whom use drugs after being enticed into doing so but if no drugs are made freely available then there would be no drug addicts.

  • tshegofatso.setilo - 2011-12-12 18:22

    The DA must stop with this nonsense of saying Zuma should have done enough. What was he supposed to do? Go to China and stop them from killing her? I have read that both the president and the minister of International relations had done to stop the sentencing. What they must focus on is how to prevent drug trafficking so that situations like this do not happen again. I really wonder what would they have done, or let me rather ask what did they do to stop that? Enough about blaming Zuma.

      lelani.rieback - 2011-12-13 06:48

      The DA is quite correct in questioning the steps that was taken by leadership. The family of the deceased should use the Access to Public Information bill and the PAJA Act to force the Government to produce the so-called documents / steps that was taken to intervene. A few chats over dinner does not constitute for proper intervention. SA is now doing business with a country like China where human rights are non-existent. And do yourself a favour and go research the demands the Chinese Government have when they loan money or provide infrastructure to African Countries. It'll open your eyes...

  • George - 2011-12-12 18:24

    Why does everybody cry injustice. This woman and the drugs that she transported could have been the direct result of several deaths by OD in SA. Maybe the government should have put more effort in ridding SA from all the illegal Nigerians. They are the major source of drugs in our country. Most probably this woman's life could have been saved through that. As it is, several other lives has been saved with that 3 kilos not reaching SA.

  • calamariman - 2011-12-12 18:25

    China is pouring so much money into Africa (and taking far more out of it) that they feel they can do whatever the hell they like. Well, let's take a stand, for once. We don't like anyone executing our citizens, so let's tell China to get out of our country. We have to believe in human rights and what China did to that woman, irrespective of what she did, is disgusting on every level, and I, for one, want nothing to do with China any more.

  • Brian - 2011-12-12 18:26

    Any backdown by the Chinese would have caused Zuma problems later. To save face, he would have to make even more concessions to that Nation than he does

  • plozion - 2011-12-12 18:30

    We must cut al trades with fong-kong country china

      wardan.chen - 2011-12-13 06:18

      And lose millions of jobs in mining, you do know tons and tons of iron, manganese, chrome and whatever else is exported to China right? Electronics, tvs, pc all manufactured in China right? Stop trade with them, let the eletronics get shipped to UK or USA then down here, you will be paying a fortune. We cannot stop all trade, they have us by our nose.

  • Johan Blertsie Cilliers - 2011-12-12 18:31

    Firstly, very sorry for her and her family. Whether she was innocent or not remains unanswered. But to say our citizens think that the death penalty is against our human rights maybe we should relook at our laws. From what I gather anything that is intentionally harmful to another human is punishable by death in China i.e. Murder, drugs etc. Looking at it that way maybe we should learn from them instead of the government trying to play robin hood. Always inventing ways to legally steal from the rich and give to the poor

      Ian - 2011-12-13 06:32

      Johan, last time I checked the government was stealing from everyone and keeping it for themselves.

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-12-13 08:21

      @Ian very true :) They make their voters think they are Robin Hood, but in actual fact they are the sheriff

  • Kembo Reginald - 2011-12-12 18:32

    this in my opinion just goes to show how stupid african leaders and governments are. S. A is busy denying the Dalai Lama a visa coz it doesn't wanna upset China but China just executes an S. A citizen without blinking an eyelid.

  • Juan - 2011-12-12 18:33

    "Whilst we firmly believe that drug mules should be punished for their offenses, this punishment does not fit the crime," Is this guy for real? How many lives has drugs destroyed? How many crimes have been committed as the result of the use of drugs? No wonder we have a runaway crime situation in this country, as our politicians are soft soft on drug mules and other criminals. I am 100% with the Chinese on this one.

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-12-12 18:36

    She broke the law in China, the South African government has respected their laws, the DA need to do the same and stop their pointless nattering and get back to doing something productive for the people of this country.

  • mlondozi - 2011-12-12 18:38

    How interesting... We (South Africa) do not allow the Dalai Lama into the country because it might just upset China and yet China is allowed to execute our citizens and poach our rhinos... ENOUGH!!!

      nspaynter - 2011-12-12 18:49

      Just before I read the news about this execution, I emailed the following to the Chinese Consulate in Cape Town at with a copy to President Zuma at Greetings, I couldn't find your telephone number on your web page. Can you please phone me about this. 073 552 5522 I saw a front page newspaper picture of yet another rhino that has been cruelly and sickeningly executed by poachers so that it's horn can by cut off and used to satisfy the needs of Chinese people. What is being done in your country to stop these terrible things happening in our country. Why don't you not rather buy up some farms here in South Africa, turn them into rhino ranches and breed rhinos and harvest the horns humanely. Surely the product will be far more cost effective? I am sorry I am SEETHING WITH ANGER. I have been polite up to this point and I cannot hold myself back anymore. WHY ARE CHINESE PEOPLE SUCH F*** BASTARDS THAT THEY DO THIS THING TO OUR RHINOS. CHINESE PEOPLE ARE CRUEL AND HEARTLESS AND HAVE NO FEELINGS. I FEEL LIKE COMING DOWN TO YOUR EMBASSY AND BEATING UP SOME OF YOUR STAFF. PERHAPS BRING A PANGA AND CHOP OF A FEW ARMS TO SHOW CHINESE PEOPLE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HAVE RHINO'S WITH THEIR HORNS CHOPPED OFF. CHINESE PEOPLE, GO BACK TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY AND LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA ALONE. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE. Please respond soonest. I am VERY VERY angry...................... regards Neville Paynter

      elize.bullard - 2011-12-12 19:28

      Hell, the Chineese can come here to plunder and kill our rhinos for their horns. Slap on the wrist and a fine. The Chineese are killing our heritage and no-one goes to jail, let alone getting the death penalty. The same goes for the poaching of abelone off our coast - only the Chineese.They should all get the hell ut of our country before it's too late. We do not want them here along with their cheap goods. The Chineese are instrumental in putting millions of our people out of work with their crap quality imports, but our government will suck up to them forever. The "struggle" is over ANC, have some balls and tell the Chineese to take a hike!

      Juicecard - 2011-12-12 19:39

      @nspaynter....chinese people go back to your country and leave SA arenot welcome here. Really? who made you our spokesman?

      nspaynter - 2011-12-12 20:00

      @Juicecard: So you're happy with the exploitation of our rhino and abalone and the execution of our criminals.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-12 20:11

      @Juicecard: One of the privileges we have here in South Africa (at the moment) both you and I can have our say in the media and are able to write emails to the relevant authorities. It's the same right that is given to the DA and other opposition parties to have their say. In some countries like China, and the old South Africa, and even more locally, Zimbabwe, you'd be arrested and thrown into prison.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-12 23:03

      @Johnson: Both Chinese and Vietnamese people use rhino horn as medication. From Xinhua (Nov 15): "Under Hong Kong's Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing unmanifested cargoes is liable to a maximum fine of 2 million HK dollars and imprisonment for seven years. "In addition, under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing endangered species for commercial purposes is liable to a maximum fine of 5 million HK dollars and imprisonment for two years." No mention of a death sentence there.......

      Ian - 2011-12-13 06:37

      Guys, the Chinese government doesn't support poaching... Just last week, ON THIS SITE, there was reports of the South African National Park Services (or whatever our wildlife conservation institute/governing body is called) signing agreements with the Chinese in order to fight poaching in both countries - an example is the DNA sampling of all Rhino's etc.

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-12 18:39

    I am totally against the death sentence. But I am also totally against the drug trade and want to know why little is being down to close down the drug trade right here in SA. Drugs are freely available here in Paarl. The SAPS seem to turn a blind eye to the trade. Wardens are smuggling drugs into prisons. There are even ANC Councillors in Mbekweni who are dealing in drugs. I work with social statistics which includes the SAPS stats. Most crimes ave gone down over the past 7 years, but drug related continues to rise, in some cases a few 100% Enough is enough.

  • Alan - 2011-12-12 18:39

    The death penalty was abolished in South Africa expressly because its citizens consider it to be a fundamental violation of human rights," he said. No one asked me.....and maybe it is about time they asked again.

  • babah.nyandu - 2011-12-12 18:44

    Punishment does not fit the crime. SA must consider trade relations with China - though its difficult. DA must stop its unfair critic of ANC govt otherwise it will become more irrelevant than it is.

  • George - 2011-12-12 18:46

    DA you have my support but not for drugs. There laws are not our laws.If you want get death penalty back here

  • Lou - 2011-12-12 18:46

    I agree with punishment, but my question how would this execution change the drug trafficking? Will it stop the drug lords? Will it stop the mules? Will it take drugs off the streets? This was a senseless killing!

      Akesh - 2011-12-12 22:14

      Absolutely right.Remember drug trafficking is an industry on its own (whether legal or not).Drug mules would become the equivalent of exploited/vulnerable/poorly paid/oppressed people working in any other industry,many of whom who do not have a choice.Therefore,the real solution is by getting to the kingpins/big fish/druglords ,and not by executing the messenger.Then again,with China's poor human rights record, this becomes another debate.

      allen.visser - 2011-12-13 07:40

      The risk of being put to death for any behaviour is a serious deterrent for any human being. However, if you feel u can beat the system and the financial rewards exceed the risks, then by all means, apply your free will. Drug activity always ends in death, so weighing up the options, either the innocent first time experimental user or the trash peddling the wares. In my opinion, her death for the greater good. The next experimental drug user could by your or my kids....that bothers me.

  • babah.nyandu - 2011-12-12 18:46

    Sori for Linden family on her execution in China. Punishment does not fit crime - it was really harsh

      allen.visser - 2011-12-13 07:44

      You will think differently if she had sold her drugs to your innocent, first-time experimental user child. She knew what she was doing. She wasnt smuggling imitation louis vuitton handbags. She was peddling crap that only kills and destroys families. To be honest, rather her death than yours or my kid....

  • Barry Visser - 2011-12-12 18:48

    Just get over it!she took the risk.she should have got a normal job in SA, earning a honest living.even if it means earning minimum wage.

  • Wilhelm Schonfeldt - 2011-12-12 18:50

    If someone would actually read the entire story and not so quickly make there own assumptions you would quickly discover that the woman was convicted of drug smuggling but maintained her innocence. The sentence would have been commuted to a life sentence if she pleaded guilty. I am all for let the punishment fit the crime but there is something to think about when you consider that she never relented in her case that she did not know where the drugs came from and that she was innocent even when finally faced with the death penalty she did not change her story. Not that I am saying she was innocent but before we all jump on the murder train consider all the facts....

      Alwyn - 2011-12-12 19:33

      I completely agree with you. I wonder how many of these arrogant people commenting here would have had the guts to throw the first stone to this poor woman. If anybody deserved the death sentence it is this Me Cele, ex wife of the Minister. and others like her, that lures innocent people to be used as mules.

      allen.visser - 2011-12-13 07:50

      Don't be so naive. If your ass was on death row and you were guilty, if you have the moral degeneration to peddle drugs to kids, then u have the ability to lie and b/s to get yourself out of trouble. I suppose you think Cele, Schabir and the Selebi are also innocent, merely because they also claim to be victims? The Chinese take this stuff seriously and are VERY careful about accusing international travellers. They must have had solid evidence.

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-12 18:52

    I have posted the following on my FB wall: To all my FB friends. Boycott Chinese products. If you have a rugby jersey made in China BURN IT! China is only interested in raping Africa. It couldn't care about the smuggling of rhino horn into it's country resulting in the killing of over 450 rhino this year, yet is prepared to execute a SA woman form smuggling drugs into China. Let's spread the message that Chinese products are not welcome in South Africa. We should be buying PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN anyway. Cut and paste this message onto your walls.

  • Agent - 2011-12-12 18:54

    I am sorry she knew what she was doing she was found guilty and the sentence was carried out, have you seen what kids looks like when stuffed up by drugs, if she was my sister I would have felt the same way.

  • Andre - 2011-12-12 18:59

    What just happen in China must also happen in South Africa. Every Chinese smuggling perlemoen to get paid with drugs must get the death penalty in South Africa. Every Chinese involve in rhino poaching to get paid in drugs must get the death penalty in South Africa. Same scenario

      nspaynter - 2011-12-12 19:32

      Then we bring ourselves down to their level. Uncivilized. And the level of the drug dealers and gangsters.

      Alwyn - 2011-12-12 19:37

      That's right. But the Chinese already has our Government in their pocket. We are dependent on their trade, but for them our trade means nothing, because its only a minuscle fraction of their total trade.

      nspaynter - 2011-12-12 20:04

      @Alwyn: Actually I think the Chinese economy is going to crash. And if it does we are going to go down the tubes too.

      Joe - 2011-12-12 22:07

      show me any chinese swine in our jails, not one yet they are the only people buying perlemoen and how many poachers have been caught this year; make you think who is screwing who in this zoo.

  • HermannH - 2011-12-12 19:03

    Hey guys the truth is we don't look for trouble with our liberation struggle sponsor. Sound advice dictates give all away as economics dictate the day.

  • Esperanca - 2011-12-12 19:08

    Give us a break! You do the crime, take what comes your way. She was a drug mule - she broke the law in a FOREIGN country, she paid the price. - Please focus on the DRUG PROBLEM in YOUR BACK YARD- CAPE FLATS! What are you doing about it? We want to tell other countries how to deal with perpetrators and we haven't a clue on what to do with ours. We are loosing focus playing the blame game.

  • Karoo - 2011-12-12 19:15

    This is a tough one. Crystal meth is one of the most destructive drugs out there. It wreaks incredible havoc with the lives of the users, often children. It in effect irreversibly damages the brain and the life of the person using it. There is no sufficient excuse, ever, to be a drug mule.

  • Andre - 2011-12-12 19:20

    Dit is nogsteeds nie reg nie.She took no life directly.

      allen.visser - 2011-12-13 07:53

      Seriously? You will think differently if she had sold her drugs to your innocent, first-time experimental user child.

  • nspaynter - 2011-12-12 19:25

    This is why we need JOBS for our people. When you're unemployed and desperate you will do anything. I have also been battling for employment. Three years ago I was offered a trip to London, BA Business Class. Stay in a luxury hotel for two nights. All expenses paid. And I get a few thousand Rand in payment for the job. It also included a false passport. That's when I refused. But spent the next few weeks of battling poverty and regretting not taking up the offer.

      Ian - 2011-12-13 06:44

      your alive because of it though!

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-12-12 19:44

    That's what china does. If you're going to commit a crime there, the least you can do is research what the consequences will be.

  • Andries - 2011-12-12 19:46

    Perhaps she should not have smuggled drugs into a country where the crime carries a death penalty. Just because she is South African does not put her above the laws of other countries. No sympathy from my side.

  • allensrsa - 2011-12-12 19:47

    DA bitching as usual that our Govt didn't do enough.. who are they to say the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Drugs destroy lives and murder souls. Cheap politicking. Don't just bitch for the sake of it...

      lelani.rieback - 2011-12-13 06:55

      Taking drugs are not the choice of the dealers and sellers. In the majority of cases it's the choice of the drug addicts. Let's never forget that. I'm NOT saying that drug lords, mules, dealers should not be severely punished, I'm all for that, but they make a living because there are willing customers. The whole "drug scene" should be investigated...

  • Anthony - 2011-12-12 19:54

    This was a drug smuggler that was executed, not Mother Theresa. Those drugs would have inflicted untold misery on the users, their families and perhaps innocent victims. Human rights? What of the rights of the directly and indirectly affected. Stop being a bunch of bunny huggers and wake up to reality, anyoneone involved in the illegal drug trade is the scum of the earth and deserves what they have coming to them Cheryl Cwele, are you listening?

  • Sipho - 2011-12-12 20:14

    What did the opposition do to assist the Government to prevent the execution? It does not us critise and and not showing the role one has played to save Janice. How the several questions will assist South african and the family of Janice.

  • Patrick - 2011-12-12 20:27 that the Chinese have applied their laws correctly as they say, and South African law allows the free movement of people, perhaps this would be the right time for the South African government to approve a visit by the Dalai Lama. Can't see China objecting to us applying what we believe.

  • Johan - 2011-12-12 20:56

    i am not to sure that we should have done anything to start with . I hope this sends a very strong message to drug mules around the globe. Further, if you are a South African - think twise before you try smuggling drugs to China . Full stop !

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  • keith.gough - 2011-12-12 21:24

    Just because we are unable to dispense justice, or uphold our laws, parole rapists etc, hardly gives us the moral high ground regarding a country that is well known for lethal justice for drug related offences. I was actually offended that our government passed on their condolences to the family, considering their cavalier approach to rape, murder, corruption and drug dealing within our own borders.

  • Joe - 2011-12-12 21:56

    just goes to show China don't give a dam about foreign policies of other countries. S.A. should have cut ties with China and that girls life would have been saved. Goverment just don't care .

  • solomon.khunwana - 2011-12-12 21:58

    Good riddance! I think SA should do the same with drug dealers in our country who are ruining our children's future. DA is wasting its time. I don't understand what they want to achieve from this issue.

  • Serame - 2011-12-12 22:34

    I agree on this note..Its only fair that the government should do a press release on diplomatic efforts that were afforded to the country's citizen..The Chinese government should also be made aware dat if we find the RHINO Poachers..we will execute them similarly..According to what i read on news paper..She pleaded not guilty to the very end..we all know that possibilities of sum1 planting drugs on one's luggage is a known tactic..

  • Serame - 2011-12-12 22:42

    Well natorious and feared drug lord in s.a **GLEN AGLIOTTI** is doing the rounds on the south frican shores..He's a self confessed drug lord..south africa is such a great heaven for these bustards..

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-12 23:09

    Can we kill the Chinese that are exploiting and destroying our national heritage..rhino, abalone, there are more examples. again today there were more rhino slaughtered. it is a monthly occurance. ....LETS KILL SOME CHINESE CRIMS,,,,

  • Joseph - 2011-12-13 01:03

    DA: Not enough done to stop execution.are you serious DA i think you will say you were joking and withdraw your statemant.

  • Jono - 2011-12-13 01:29

    Always nice to know your place...