Discourse needed over reinstatement of capital punishment

IFP Chief Whip in Parliament, Narend Singh, said the party spoken on several occasions about violent contact crime such as rape and murder being out of control in South Africa.
IFP Chief Whip in Parliament, Narend Singh, said the party spoken on several occasions about violent contact crime such as rape and murder being out of control in South Africa. PHOTO: Submitted

FOLLOWING the discovery of badly decomposed body of a boy that was found in a ravine in Phoenix almost two weeks ago that may be linked to the Miguel Louw case, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called for more discourse over capital punishment and the death penalty.

DNA testing is yet to confirm that the boy‚ found in school uniform, is Louw, who was reported missing in July.

IFP Chief Whip in Parliament, Narend Singh, said the party spoken on several occasions about violent contact crime such as rape and murder being out of control in South Africa.

“There appears to be no answer or meaningful consequence or deterrence to the commission of violent contact crime in South Africa. I can go on and on about the horrific murders that occur every day in South Africa. Our justice and crime prevention system are failing us. Ordinary South Africans no longer feel, nor are safe,” he said.

Also read: #CrimeStats: KZN most dangerous province for women and children

Singh added the party had been approached by many South Africans who are calling for the reinstatement of capital punishment.

“We feel that government should at the very least open this matter up to the national discourse for discussion by our citizens in a process akin to the recent Constitutional Review Committee process on expropriation of Land.

“Let’s talk about the death penalty, let’s talk about hard labour in our prisons without the chance of early parole for violent contact crimes, let’s have this discussion and we call upon government to immediately facilitate such national process of discourse,” he said.

 

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