Jan 27, 2023

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‘Women and children are being killed like flies’: Contralesa calls for a referendum on the death penalty

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) calls for a referendum on the death penalty amid the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide against women and children.

In recent weeks SA has been rocked by several GBV cases including the murders of Hillary Gardee, Namhla Mtwaand< span>Bontle Mashiyane< /span>.

Gardee was found murdered on May 3, four days after she was gone. She had left her home in Kwamagugu in Mbombela on April 29 to go shopping. Three suspects were arrested.

Mtwa was shot dead nine times in her driveway in Mthatha on April 21 while returning home from work. No suspects have been arrested so far.

Mashiyane, six years old, was kidnapped, raped and murdered and her body was dumped near her home in Mpumalanga. Five suspects were arrested.

In a speech onSABC News, Contralesa President Chief Lameck Mokoena said that the death penalty should be reinstated to stop the killing of women and children.

He claimed that many perpetrators of the crimes were ex-convicts.

” The killing of women and children is out of control. What makes it worse is that many of the perpetrators are ex-convicts who are on parole,” Mokoena said.

“Unless the government comes up with innovative ideas, how to deal with it This will make our country a banana republic. We call on the government to call a referendum to test the will of the people on whether the death penalty should be reinstated.”

Mokoena toosaid CapeTalk South Africans should be allowed to vote in a referendum on the death penalty.

“Our women and children are being killed like flies. What did they do to deserve this? If someone isn’t able to respond, that means people have to decide what needs to happen to stop the slaughter,” he said.

Mokoena says previous cases have shown that criminals are not afraid of going to jail, and the death penalty could be a stronger deterrent.

He said criminals would die in prisons at taxpayers’ expense “ Enjoy”.

“People will be scared if they know I might die if I do this,” Mokoena said.

In 2020< span>President Cyril Ramaphosa saidthe death penalty was inconsistent with the implementation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.< /p>

“I realize that calls for the death penalty are often raised in the face of increasing gender-based violence, but we are bound by our constitution.

” Instead there are other options punishment, such as passing a life sentence with hard labour,” he said.

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