‘Death Penalty Doesn’t Deter Crime, Quit Asking For It South Africa’ – Amnesty International


The deputy director for Southern Africa Amnesty International, Muleya Mwananyanga says South Africans should stop demanding the return of death penalty as there are no evidence to substantiate that death penalty is a deterrent for crime.

Mwananyanga who was speaking of the latest death penalty Amnesty International report told SABC that death penalty violates the right to life. And as well, impose torture on people.

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Citing the “bring back death penalty” quest in South Africa due to the increase in crime rate, she argued that: “there is no evidence that suggests that the death penalty is a deterrent for crime. There’s been no evidence whatever.

It doesn’t. And I kind of understand people being angry about the rise in crime. But I think that the rise in crime has to be taken in totality. You have to look at the totality of the environment. So it can be place on one thing,” Mwananyanga stated.

As she emphasized that there’s no causal link between the rate of crime and the abolition of death penalty in South Africa.

According to her, people in favor of the death penalty often say that it’s a useful deterrent for the most detestable crimes in society. But that has not being established she iterated.

Globally, Mwananyanga related that 2015 saw a dramatic rise in executions. Which was fueled by activities in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that at least 1,634 people were executed in 25 countries in 2015. That, represents a stark increase on the previous record, and is the highest number of executions recorded in more than 25 years.

Amnesty International identified the methods of execution used across the world. They include; beheading, electrocution, hanging, lethal injection, shooting in the back of the head and firing squad.

Mwananyanga said “retentionist countries need to abolish the penalty because they’re really now in the minority.” As disclosed, among 140 countries worldwide, more than two-thirds, are abolitionist in law or practice.

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