SA woman faces execution

2011-12-11 14:10

Johnnesburg - A South African woman is due to be executed by the Chinese government for smuggling drugs into that country, eNews reported on Sunday.

Janice Bronwyn Linden, 35, from KwaZulu-Natal who was caught carrying 3kg of crystal methamphetamine in November 2008, is due to be executed by lethal injection on Monday.

Linden, who has exhausted all possible appeal processes, is not aware of her impending execution as the Chinese government will only inform her on the day of execution.

Linden will be told on the morning of the execution.

Two of Linden's sisters are in China and will be allowed an hour with her before she is put to death.

  • Richard - 2011-12-11 14:27


      Werner - 2011-12-11 14:43

      This from a country that uses (government sanctioned) military forces to guard "factory towns" that manufacture illegal cigarettes. Hypocrites!

      rbczovczov - 2011-12-11 15:16

      So this is how this relationship works? The Chinese tell the South African government not to grant the Dalai Lama a visa and the government listens and complies BUT when the South African government asks the Chinese to show mercy on a South African citizen and commute her death sentence to life, the Chinese say hell no??

      James - 2011-12-11 16:56

      In most countries law enforcement is smart and not corrupt. The penalty for drug smuggling is death. Conclusion, Don't do it. SA's export trade to China, Meth????

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-11 14:28

    Look, how incredibly silly to be running drugs in the first place, ESPECIALLY in China where people are put to death for less, but I must say, I find it shocking that the whole world can supposedly know of the impending execution yet Linden will only be informed on the day. Surely she should be given as much notice as possible so that she can prepare for it as best she can.

      hendrik.pienaar - 2011-12-11 14:36

      You're right. Bloody sick that she'll spend an hour with her sisters coming to terms with her impending death. I'll never step a foot in that god forsaken country.

      Sheik - 2011-12-11 17:01

      Even for Tax evasion, Too many people, life cheap.

      Gail - 2011-12-11 20:13

      Actually I think not telling her until the morning of her execution is so she has no real time to suffer. I would prefer not to know until the last minute than be told in advance and have to count down days and hours. I would imagine that allowing her sisters to see her though will give her a clue. Those who think this is harsh let's hope you are not the same people calling for the death penalty all the time. Drugs are frequently the reason for crimes like murder with aggravating circumstances and she isn't a child. She knew what she was doing.

  • hendrik.pienaar - 2011-12-11 14:29

    :( It's not up to us to decide who lives or who dies. SA government should do whatever they can to stop this. Human rights violation.

      Trevor - 2011-12-11 14:35

      China....human must be for who lives or living in a bubble boet...

      hendrik.pienaar - 2011-12-11 14:39

      Trevor, whether it's happening in China or elsewhere doesn't make it anymore right or wrong. As for me living in a bubble, no idea what you mean as you're obviously not ready for a constructive argument but rather looking towards petty insults. Good job

      trevor06 - 2011-12-11 15:14

      I think what he is saying, is that Chrystal Meth ruins countless lives, so setting an example that if you sell, these are the consequences, yes it might be harsh, but look at the lives ruined by this drug. Sorry Janice, as i feel you are a pawn in the greater scheme of things, but you had a choice, and you chose the wrong one, and now unfortunately you must pay the consequences.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-11 15:20

      @Ian She's not white - don't make assumptions about race based on a person's name, or accent for that matter. Besides, why is her colour relevant?

      James - 2011-12-11 17:08

      A lot Burtfred, In the US White ave Nett worth +-$100,000, Black $2,170.

  • HerbertJKelly - 2011-12-11 14:32

    And the guy who supplies her the drugs and the plain ticket gets off... sad very sad.

      HerbertJKelly - 2011-12-11 14:57

      I don't really think it affects them, they care as much for the mule as for the drug users who suffer...

      Sharon - 2011-12-11 15:05

      Dealer probably working for the goverment also. Good chance as it has allready happened.

      Candice - 2011-12-11 15:20

      "Plain ticket" as opposed to....fancy ticket?

      HerbertJKelly - 2011-12-11 15:31

      Candice - oops, thanks for spotting that... I'm sure the intended meaning of the sentence is still clear..

  • johnopolo - 2011-12-11 14:37

    It's no secret that many countries in Asia impose the death penalty for drug smuggling. If you do the crime, you must face the consequences - simple as that.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-11 14:51

    Statement issued by Stevens Mokgalapa MP, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of International Relations, today in relation to this issue. Unfortunately, I can't see it having any effect on our Prez.

  • Andrew - 2011-12-11 14:52

    Serves her right!! How many of innocent kids are made junkies each year and lured into selling, using or both. The drug trade is a sick business and I’m glad there is one country that stands up against it. Human rights my @ss....

      HerbertJKelly - 2011-12-11 14:55

      Agreed Drewka, but this is like giving speeding tickets to solve road accidents, the real issue is the guys giving the drugs to the mules. To them the mules are expendable this does nothing to really stop the trade. These people prey on poor and desperate people to peddle the drugs. But I agree it is a sick trade.

  • nonelelap - 2011-12-11 14:55

    Its sad that she has to die but some pregnant women might have taken those drugs, some teen might have overdozed them, an innocent pedestrian might have hit by a car driven by someone on those drugs etc

      hendrik.pienaar - 2011-12-11 14:58

      You know her circumstances do you? It's not justified however you look at it. If she was at risk of re-offending (which I highly doubt) then stick her in prison. You don't sentence someone to death, don't even tell them and let them come to terms with it while having limited time with their family (an hour to be exact). Sick. That's what it is.

      nonelelap - 2011-12-11 15:14

      As i said death is sad as some believe its not our call, jail time would be more appropriate but again you'll have to deal with the question of how much time let alone waisting resources on criminals who are not even your citizens. I kinda understand China because you would shoot a stranger stealing your car but not your brother, i hope this is still on point. Hendrik we also don't know how many times did she smuggle drugs successfully, where she got them and how many people have died directly or indirectly from those drugs.

  • The Real Unskinny - 2011-12-11 14:57

    One less smuggler. If only all countries would stop tolerating criminals.

  • Larry - 2011-12-11 15:05

    She knew what she was getting into. All the excuses and rubbish aside, thats what they do in China. Drugs are destroying our youth, so maybe a touch of this would go well here.

  • Ian - 2011-12-11 15:14

    and this is the bunch zuma and co is in bed with, get used to it boys and gals, a lot of us will not put up with this bs, aka red dawn

  • rbczovczov - 2011-12-11 15:17

    So this is how this relationship works? The Chinese tell the South African government not to grant the Dalai Lama a visa and the government listens and complies BUT when the South African government asks the Chinese to show mercy on a South African citizen and commute her death sentence to life, the Chinese say hell no??

  • Andrew - 2011-12-11 15:19

    If you can't do the time, don't do the crime! Harsh sentence, but she knew the risks beforehand. Its just sad that she must have been so desperate that she was willing to risk death for what was probably a relatively modest sum of money.

  • Michael - 2011-12-11 15:24

    One feels pity for her and her family. This is not to condone the harm the drugs would have done, but it is really certain she had no idea of the dreadful and harsh consequences. Travelers need to be educated much more profoundly about the do's and dont's.

  • eddiebant - 2011-12-11 15:27


  • Sithando - 2011-12-11 15:29

    Why should people be sorry for her? she has no respect for anyone's life herself, people kill innocent people while they are under the influence of illicit drugs that she smuggles, bloody drug dealers.Kill her today.

  • Justin - 2011-12-11 15:40

    Why do so many feel sorry for plain ciminals. It is no human rights violation, what about all the victims of drugs, like the families that have to pick up the pieces, or victims who get murdered/injured when an addict is trying to steal to get a fix. She is guilty. I have issues with alot the Chinese do, but this - one quick and swift (SA could actually learn instead of complaining and always being so passive). If you have the guts to do the crime, then you should have the guts to face the punishment - simple. She knew what the consequences were when she put the meth in her bag, rolled the dice and lost. I will say a prayer for her family - another unfortunate victim of drugs.

  • spookoctopus - 2011-12-11 15:40

    Why the tears over Janice. Drugs are ruining our youngster's lives from primary school onward it is killing people slowly in degrading situations. The modern way of life is becoming a situation of popping pills, sniffing Coke or glue to keep up with one's peers. Greed is what feeds the `drug mule' and sometimes this is the price they pay. Haille Salassie when he was alive was asked why his law was the amputation of a hand when his people were caught stealing. His answer was ....."Because of that law, we dont have many thieves."

  • hadedah - 2011-12-11 15:47

    Just a simple question how did she get through RSA Customs with what she was carrying, Meths is a dangerous drug which is commonly sold to kids in schools in RSA.

      Juan - 2011-12-11 16:26

      Well luckily the Chinese has stopped her in her tracks.

  • Sampie Zwarts - 2011-12-11 16:21

    Sorry to be honest, f@ck her and all the Chinnas, save the Rhino please.!!!

  • Juan - 2011-12-11 16:25

    We can definitely learn from the Chinese when it comes to dealing with drug smugglers and scum bags. They don't take any crap. I admire that

  • Jacques - 2011-12-11 17:30

    I just have one question! Does China kill people when they are guilty of smugling Rhino horn?

  • ericm.moyo - 2011-12-11 18:30

    This is such a sad story, i pray that the almighty God of Nazareth through Jesus christ' blood saves this woman, i don't support this kind of punishment no matter how huge the crime's. Please my living LORD have mercy to this woman please? (AMEN)??

  • janjac.gilbert - 2011-12-11 18:32

    Drugs ruin lives. How must it be stopped otherwise? Producers should also be penalised.

  • DraganTrenk - 2011-12-11 18:40

    This law would be good here to regulate West African "ENTERPREUNERSHIP" in SA + all dumb local greedy "suferers".

  • edna.boonzaaier - 2011-12-11 20:11

    Was dit toe die geld werd?

  • mario - 2011-12-11 20:54

    what the hell was she thinking???!!! that the money is more important than life?!

      Darren - 2011-12-12 12:10

      Unfortunately in South Africa money is more important than Life,AKA if you don't have a decent medical aid or money and need treatment you will die. Unfortunately money drives everything and when you are desperate for money you will take the chance and commit the crime. It is human nature.

  • Theo - 2011-12-11 22:00

    Let me declare, up front. I am not anti drugs, by no means. I also do not know the circumstances. I have to say though that it is incredibly stupid to run drugs into a country where you can face the death penalty for said crime. The poor woman was either VERY desperate or VERY stupid. Sadly, our government will not intervene, as we are now firmly under Chinese influence and not equally so. But, colonialism will always exist, the strong will always be the master of weak. I just hope she goes quickly...

  • Fidel - 2011-12-12 07:21

    The Chinese haven't forgotten their history and the devastating effect drugs had on its population. When China’s emperor protested the drugging of his people, the British sent warships to force its ports open.

  • Althea - 2011-12-12 08:20

    According to news reports this woman maintained her innocence throughout her trial and even when the chinese offered her to reduce her death sentence to a life sentence in exchange for admission of guilt - she refused to do so and continued to plead innocent until the end. Why??? Drugs found in someone's luggage does not always necessarily mean that person was knowingly and willingly carrying them. This happens many times and its so easy to plant drugs in someone's luggage - If I was in her shoes why would I prefer to die instead of just admitting my guilt? This does noet make sense. Secondly the SA government saw it fit to reject the Dalai Lama visitor's visa application for fear of upsetting their Chinese masters - but the Chinese themselves have absolutely no problem executing SA citizens on their soil. And oh yes, according to news - it is a chinese 'state secret' how many chinese citizens are executed every year. Rings a bell?:: ::

      Althea - 2011-12-12 08:22

      Not to mention that the Chinese comes on our soil and kills rhino's - are they also going to be executed?

  • Peter - 2011-12-12 11:17

    What goes round comes round. Do nothing until you are aware of the consequences.

  • David - 2011-12-12 14:13

    Sad, but if you do the crime you must pay the price.Joan

  • selota - 2011-12-12 14:41

    What kind of Relationship are we gonna have with China? knowing very well they took one of our own? how many chinees do we have in our country who are running illigal Businesses, doing all sorts of illigalities? the GOVERNMENT should kill them too! remember what you do on the left you must do on the right!

      Philisiwe Msomi - 2011-12-12 15:36

      every country has it own law, n china did this accordin to the law, fortunately or unfortunately sa does things differently.

  • Mariek - 2011-12-12 16:35

    Yet they (Chinese) enter our country steal and slaughter our Rhinos and nothing happens to them. Double standards if you ask me! Lets get the death penalty for the damn poachers and the buyers of Rhino horn. My heart goes out to the family of this poor woman.

  • Lesley - 2011-12-29 13:42

    If u are involved with dealing or muling for drug dealers u are a murder so u deserve to be executed and if u go into a country knowing that what u are doing carries a death penalty but still do it u deserve what u get We need the death penalty back in SA I'm all for it.

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