South Africa’s foreign affairs department said in a statement Friday the sentence was confirmed by a court in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
South Africa says its ambassador in China is leading efforts to have the sentence commuted. A final decision rests with a higher court in Beijing.
According to a report Friday in China’s state-run Guangzhou Daily, a South African identified as Janice Bronwyn Linden flew from Dubai to Guangzhou in November 2008. Authorities say she was found with two bags of the drug methamphetamine hydrochloride.