A petition calling for the death penalty is already signed by 300 000 + South Africans in just a day.
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.
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.
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 pic.twitter.com/UcKUQNMF40
— Mzwanele Manyi (@MzwaneleManyi) September 2, 2019
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
Hashtags may trend,but how many more will die till death penalty is approved. Our country needs unity in prayer, surely South Africa is the devils kitchen. And surely legality is not a guide to morality. #LetsPraySA #AmINext
— Dolly_jay (@Dollyjay3) September 3, 2019
It’s high time government listens and brings back death penalty. For how long must females live in fear #genderbasedviolence
— Cleo (@CleoNMap) September 3, 2019
The death penalty shouldn’t even be a discussion anymore it should just be put into action.#RIPUyinene
— KazeKaze (@SBuddha_Kaze) September 2, 2019
We will forget Uyinene just like we have forgotten Karabo, Courtney, Thoriso and many more. hashtags and outrage will fade away until there is another victim. It will be the same cycle over and over again.
Tougher laws and Death Penalty for serial rapists and murderers!!
— PUTSA1st (@VuyoZungulaSA) September 3, 2019
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