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‘Unconstitutional’: Minister on death penalty and calls for its return

Johannes Mwelwa

Sept. 08, 2019

Updated 12 minutes ago
- Amidst calls from many South African citizens for the death penalty to be reinstated, Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola, has come forward to firmly advise against its return
- Lamola said that reinstating the death penalty would go against South Africa’s constitution
- This surge in support for the death penalty follows the horrific murder of UCT student, Uyinene Mrwetyana, which sparked public outrage
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, recently responded to a call made by South African citizens that the death penalty should be reinstated.
580 000 signatures have been gathered so far for a petition to bring back the law, which was abolished in 1995, IOL reported.
Lamola has made his position on the matter clear and explained that the death penalty wouldn’t necessarily put an end to the kind of violence against women and children that is prevalent in SA.
The call for the death penalty’s return was sparked by a recent slew of horrific crimes against women and children in South Africa, Briefly.co.za reported.
Lamola, however, explained that this would undermine the constitution, which states that everyone has the right to life.
Some political parties have expressed their support for the reinstatement of the law, including the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP).
The IFP claims that the death penalty would help deter criminals and recently re-tabled their motion to debate the issue.
Read Lamola’s statement on the death penalty here:
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