However, the absurd prison sentences that have been dealt out to a number of individuals for what are, on the whole, petty crimes have left myself and many other visitors with a bitter taste in our mouths. Here are two examples where fines, rather than prison sentences would have sufficed:
22-year-old Themba Makhubu is serving a five-year sentence for allegedly stealing a telephone.
21-year-old Martin Palmer is serving 12 years in prison for breaking in to a tourist's room and stealing a decoder.
Come on South Africa! Do the sensible thing and release these individuals with a fine. They have already served enough time inside.