South Africans Are Not That Special

2011-12-20 08:02

The story of a South African woman executed in China for smuggling drugs shocked and outraged many South Africans. Some went as far as calling on the South African government to intervene. That got me thinking about the Dewani case and how South Africa is fighting to have him extradited to South Africa because he committed the crime here and should face our justice system.

If then South Africa wants foreign nationals to face our justice system for crimes committed in this country then don't other countries enjoy the same right? Those who criticized the South African government for not acting to prevent the death of a South African hooligan such as the DA would do well to remember that each country has its own laws and once you are in that country, you ought to uphold their laws or face the consequences if you ever break them. The only thing we should be criticising our government for is not controlling its own hooligans.

When we let our hooligans go to other countries, then we shouldn't cry foul when those countries act against them. If China upholds and fully subject foreigners to their rule of law, we shouldn't hate them for doing what we failed to do. If only our government acted against foreign drug smugglers in the same way the Chinese did but of course our constitution does not allow for such. I wonder if the constitution allows young girls to smuggle drugs into foreign countries or foreigners to smuggle drugs into the republic.

Ideally we should have a strong police force and SANDF looking after our boarders, when they fail then our hooligans must pay; some pay with their lives. Airport security was tight only during the world cup when this should be the norm. We do not know how many young girls have successfully smuggled drugs out and into the country. It might come as a shock to some South Africans but some countries have well functioning law enforcement agencies. We could learn a thing or two from China about how to deal with Druglocks more effectively.

Before blaming the South African government for not doing enough to save her life, it is worth noting that if any foreigner commits a crime in South Africa; they are subjected to the South African justice system. The only difference between ours and Chinese is that ours values human life. That guaranteed right to life is not guaranteed when you step onto a plane with drugs as the country you are going to has different laws. If we as a country want others to respect us, then we should simply respect them. It is natural to have empathy for the girls but in life we make choices and must suffer the consequences of the choices we make. We must respect the rule of law in our country and abroad. The incompetent SAPS and useless SANDF should do more to prevent South Africans from leaving the country with drugs. We have more control over our hooligans whilst they are here at home, once they leave; the laws limit what we can do to help. One thing is certain though, the girl was not the first to be executed in China for smuggling drugs and won't be the last. We should not expect special treatment even when one of us is in the wrong. As far as I am concerned, the Druglocks are a disgrace to this country unless drug smuggling is considered normal. Don't blame the government for not begging the Chinese enough to save her life, blame them for letting her go there with the drugs. The Chinese were simply upholding their rule of law, our police force and government could learn a thing or two about law enforcement seeing that the girls exposed how useless they can be. China should keep executing them until we learn to respect each other.


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