DA Bundesrat chairwoman Helen Zille has spoken out about calls for the death penalty to be reinstated, saying people should be careful about what they want.
Calls for a Referendums on the death penalty have increased during the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide against women and children.
In the past few weeks, SA has seen an increase from several GBV cases shaken, including the murders ofHillary Gardee,Namhla MtwaandBontle Mashiyane .
In response to a social media user’s claim that he would vote for a party that reintroduces the death penalty, Zille said it wasn’t the solution < /span>
“A lot of innocent people are hanged just because we have a failing criminal justice system,” she said.
” You can’t count on that the police do good detective work, or that the courts will inevitably convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. Be careful what you wish for.”
DA’s Shadow Minister for Public Enterprises, Ghaleb Cachalia, claimed that innocent people suffer most from the death penalty.
“In the United States, states with the death penalty have the highest homicide rates. And the innocent suffer. Since 1973, more than 156 people in 26 states have been released from death row for innocence. At least one person is exonerated for every 10 executed, and that is morally wrong,” he said.
Last week the Congress of Traditional Leaders of the SA (Contralesa) was held. said the death penalty should be reinstated to stop the killing of women and children.
“The killing of women and children is out of control. What makes it worse is that many offenders are ex-convicts on parole,” Chief Lameck Mokoena, President of Contralesa, told SABC News. span>
< p>“If the government doesn’t come up with innovative ideas on how to deal with this, our country will become 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.”
In 2020< span>President Cyril Ramaphosa saidthe death penalty was inconsistent with the implementation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
“I am aware that Calls for the death penalty are often heard in the face of increasing gender-based violence, but we are bound by our constitution.
“There are other forms of punishment, such as giving up a lifetime of hard labour condemn,” he said.
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