Regan Thaw | 2011/12/12

It has been confirmed by the International Relations Department that China has executed South African Janice Linden for smuggling drugs.

Chinese authorities killed her by lethal injection.

35-year old Durban resident Linden was sentenced to death for smuggling 3kg of crystal meth in 2008.

International Relations’ Clayson Monyela said they did everything they could to intervene.

“We have in fact received a confirmation from our officials in China at the embassy, that she has been executed. The South African government tried at the highest level to intervene,” he said.

Eyewitness News understands that Linden's remains would be flown back to Durban.

“All our attempts through diplomatic channels and bilateral and letters were unfortunately all unsuccessful,” Monyela added.

The Democratic Alliance’s Kenneth Mubu said government should have worked furiously to save her.

“With regard to China South African policy is under pressure. Each time we have to make a decision that does not please the Chinese, we seem to have to consult with them,” said Mubu.

“In the same vein, we expressed desire for the Chinese not to execute our citizens. We capitulated when they wanted us to not to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama.”

Meanwhile, the mother of a South African man who is serving a jail sentence abroad said Pretoria could have done a lot more to save Linden’s life.

Patricia Gerber’s son is serving a prison sentence in Mauritius for a drug-related offence.

She said a travesty of justice occurred.

“It’s a very sad day. It seems to me more could have been done to stop it because of the close ties our president has with China,” she said.

(Edited by Clare Matthes and Lisa Bartlett)


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