Calls for Death Penalty mount in South Africa

A petition calling for the death penalty is already signed by 300 000 + South Africans in just a day.

(Photo, Uyinene Mrwetyana – a UCT student who was found raped and murdered after she went missing in late August 2019. Picture: Social Media)


Invoked by the often reports of raped, murdered and abused women and children, a growing number of South Africans are calling for the death penalty to be put to place in South Africa. A petition started by the ‘Agent of Change’ to the South African government already reached above quoter a million signatures.

The call is largely influenced by the death of the University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana who was allegedly raped and murdered during women’s month by a supposed post office employee. Reports say the perpetrator handed himself to the police.
The death penalty is a government-sanctioned practice whereby a person is killed by the state as a punishment for a crime. Historically,  cases that were known for death penalties include murder, mass murder, aggravated cases of rape, child rape, child sexual abuse, terrorism, treason, espionage, offenses against the State, such as attempting to overthrow the government, etc.

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Constitutional Court banned the death penalty on June 6, 1995, on grounds that the Criminal Procedure Act was in conflict with the country’s 1994 constitution. Implementing the penalty would need a revision of the constitution since Section Eleven of the Constitution of South Africa, part of the Bill of Rights, guarantees the right to life. This section has been interpreted to prohibit the death penalty.

Social Media has been abuzz with handles such as #AmINext #ManAreTrash #ShutDownSA etc trending in response to the current tragedies experienced by women and children.
Public servant and NEC member of African Transformation Movement Mzwanele Manyi supported the call. “Our Constitution MUST be amended to enable Death Penalty for henious crimes like rape and murder. Enough is enough. Let’s do it for Leighandre Jegels and Uyinene Mrwetyana. RT if you agree. #DeathPenalty,” Manyi incited on a Tweet 

CNN also reported that the United States government led by President Donald Trump is also on talks to engage on whether the death penalty could be implemented in the US. “The Trump administration is preparing a package of legislative measures responding to a spate of recent mass shootings, aides say, even as White House and congressional staffs remain far apart on the best path forward”, CNN reported.

Here is some social media reaction to the death penalty

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