Death Penalty In South Africa – Before 6th June 1995, the death penalty was real in South Africa. Several convicts were executed for their crimes and, being hanged was favoured as the right way to do away with the criminals.
Then, the Pretoria Central Prison was the official site for the executions. Prisoners waiting to be hanged were kept in a section named “The Pot”.
However, the Constitutional Court decided to make history of the death penalty in South Africa. Thus, it ruled that the provision for capital punishment as stipulated in the Criminal Procedure Act was in conflict with South Africa’s 1994 constitution.
With that, South Africa’s biggest court forbade the State and all its organs to execute any person already sentenced to death.
But then, criminals won’t stop perpetrating outrageous crimes. Criminal activities in the country have thrived in manners that are beyond despicable. Consequently, there have been increasing calls for the death penalty to be reinstated.
Now, it has emerged that the Women’s League of South Africa’s ruling party – the African National Congress (ANC) is lobbying for the reinstatement of the capital punishment in order to stop the senseless murder committed in the country. Especially, the wicked killings of women and children.
The Women’s League President, Bathabile Dlamini reportedly divulged to media practitioners at the ongoing ANC national policy conference that bringing back the death penalty is one of the issues tabled for discussion.
Dlamini told News24 that members of the league expressed that the death sentence ought to be reintroduced to discourage the crimes thriving in South Africa.
According to her, there was a general feeling that those guilty of murder aren’t adequately punished. She was quoted to have said:
“What I have noticed is that women are feeling aggrieved a lot, especially young women that are calling for the death sentence.”
Nevertheless, she opined on behalf of the league that the state cannot be given the licence to kill.
“Our view, because of our experience, is that you can’t allow the state to kill. As time goes on there will be recklessness, especially with our past experience and what’s happening in other countries.
“(It) doesn’t mean I don’t feel for our young women that have been killed. It doesn’t mean I don’t understand the issues of life,” she added.
The ANCWL President offered an alternative suggesting that the legislation be strengthened to empower the major victims of the crimes – women and children.