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No takers for Zimbabwe hangman's job

2011-07-14 12:24


Harare - At least 55 death row prisoners, including one sentenced 13 years ago, are awaiting execution in Zimbabwe as the government has failed to hire a new hangman, state media said Thursday.

"Failure to get a hangman has seen someone spending more than 13 years in prison, yet he was sentenced to death," Senator Enna Chitsa was quoted as saying by the government-owned Herald newspaper, during debate on the state of Zimbabwe's prisons.

"He said he is being hanged daily because of that thought of knowing he is going to be executed."

The last executions were in 2004, as the previous hangman retired in 2005. Some death row inmates were convicted long before then, but were waiting to exhaust their appeals.

The government has repeatedly advertised the post in newspapers, but so far found no takers.

Senator Morgan Femai said the post of hangman had not been advertised enough, and urged the government to consider commuting the sentences of death row prisoners.

"In our country, there are so many hangmen," Femai said. "Maybe we are not advertising enough."

Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe's prisons were in a deplorable state where prisoners had one blanket each and food was scarce.

Comments
  • Greegs - 2011-07-14 12:30

    What type of qualifications does one require?

      daaivark - 2011-07-14 12:33

      Well, you'd have to be really stupid, as the fact is that civil servants in Zim, despite the fact that they have jobs and go to work, have in many cases not received their full pay in a very long time, with some not getting paid at all. And let's face it, this is a particularly thankless job.

      whatsinaname - 2011-07-14 12:40

      At least they still have the death penalty! Bring them mofo murderers and rapists to me, I'll line them up and shoot them one by one!

      paulf - 2011-07-14 13:22

      Let's be very honest here. It is not nice nor good to take a life at all. You will have sleepless nights I promise you.

      Liberty - 2011-07-14 13:26

      @daaivark it depends on whose being hanged. If it's the brutal murdering thugs or especially child murderers and rapists or some of these corrupt buggers in our government I will gladly volunteer for the job. I have only one condition and that these buggers in SA must all be sent to a Zim prison to await their execution.

      daaivark - 2011-07-14 13:30

      Liberty: I don't understand. What does who is being hanged got to do with the payment of wages in Zim? What's the connection?

      Liberty - 2011-07-14 13:37

      Who cares about the wage, as long as I have place to sleep and a descent meal each day. You are doing humanity a service

      daaivark - 2011-07-14 13:54

      Hey, well, off you go then?

      lollie sue - 2011-07-14 14:25

      @paul, i agree, sleepless nights waya waya, hearing all those voices of people you've killed everyday.

  • Martin - 2011-07-14 12:31

    I would volunteer if I could hang Mugabe!

      Liberty - 2011-07-14 13:27

      I would actually pay them for that honour, and Juliass can stand next in line

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-14 12:34

    "In our country, there are so many hangmen," Femai said. "Maybe we are not advertising enough." ?? Are these people serious? - and they run a country - I think I can spot the problem.

  • jaWat - 2011-07-14 12:42

    pick me, pick me...need some experience to come back to RSA and practise my new profession here.

  • cat8fish - 2011-07-14 12:43

    is this a joke??? coz it sounds like one

  • Berius - 2011-07-14 12:43

    Dexter has found his dream job............

  • Jackool - 2011-07-14 12:50

    Does the job come with inhouse training?

      Mishka - 2011-07-14 12:55

      Yes yes yes................... Practice on Mad man, please make sure you get it right on ........ let's see, the 13th time.

  • Stan - 2011-07-14 12:54

    Why not promote one of the death row inmates to a hang man, espeacially if the convict killed an innocent person. I dont think anyone who is waiting for their death will refuse to live by "legally" killing fellow convicts. Does one need to have exceptional skills to be a hang man?

      Matt - 2011-07-14 13:14

      You can't be well-hung

  • Stuart Corbishley - 2011-07-14 12:57

    They should hold a spelling bee..

      Rocky_III - 2011-07-14 14:06

      Well done. Has to be the cleverest comment I have seen. Still laughing here

  • Jim - 2011-07-14 12:59

    Do you have to have a matric for the job? and what union do you have to join? I presume you need to be qualified in tying rope and stuff.

  • Matt - 2011-07-14 13:01

    Julius Malema wanted to apply, but he didn't know how to put the gallows together - his woodwork still needs some help

      allie - 2011-07-14 13:38

      He can tender for the coffins

  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-07-14 13:06

    Cant balieve

  • TheWasp - 2011-07-14 13:06

    Why not interview Juli-arse and Floyd? Let them practice on each other...given enough rope....

  • lollie sue - 2011-07-14 13:14

    Hangman or hangwoman job, tjo, no thank you. but if they find one, let him start with mugabe.

  • JustinD - 2011-07-14 13:14

    Why bother, dont they normaly just take "them" to the back room and torture them until they die.

  • Papsak - 2011-07-14 13:16

    What are the working hours?

      lollie sue - 2011-07-14 15:18

      24/7

  • Cecil - 2011-07-14 13:21

    Ask Mugabe to step in, he will know the ropes.

  • CofiDrinka - 2011-07-14 13:27

    Ill do it, no problem.

  • mo-flo2 - 2011-07-14 13:34

    Maybe we should start advertising such a post in RSA, or maybe Malema should take up the offer.

      Matt - 2011-07-14 13:51

      SA would love to hang criminals but they can't afford the rope - because the ANC has plundered whatever money is left

  • Robson - 2011-07-14 13:37

    We have one Joe M*****a in SA who has all the experience as an ex-askari, and he does not have a job at the moment and has just been acquitted of killing someone, he can take the job.

  • theratlady - 2011-07-14 13:39

    Plenty of candidates in the ANCYL......

      Liberty - 2011-07-14 13:42

      Why not ask Winnie. Tyres and petrol is her specialty.

  • GT - 2011-07-14 13:49

    Funny that none of the citizens, judges or politicians who love the death penalty so much are never prepared actually do the deed themselves. Yellow, the lot of them

  • nzs - 2011-07-14 14:04

    You've got to hand it to the white folks, for their duplicity: they want death penalty when it suits them (but not when it affects those of their ilk). Take for example: 1. One murderer, Maria Bosch, was executed in Botswana a couple of years back (for having murdered a wife of a lover, who she was hoping to his wife). There were pleas, within the white establishment, for her return so she could serve out her 'sentence' in SA. Duh? But we did not have death penalty already in SA (so how could someone sentenced to death "return home"? Fact is, they knew that in SA, Maria Bosch would be saved from death - hence the plea. In other words, taking advantage for the fact that SA does not have death penalty. Bosch was exectuted, much to deafening silence. 2. Throngs of mercenaries were arraigned in Zimbabwe a few years ago (including one Simon Mann - a great friend of the spoilt brat son of Margaret Thatcher of the UK), while en route to stage a coup in Equitorial Guinea. Because of the seriousness of the crime, punishable by death in Zimbabwe and Equitorial Guinea, we heard endless pleas for the return of these thugs (mostly white) to South Africa so they could serve out their time in SA jails. Even our slimy opposition leaders (including that well-known has-been, who is now singing for his supper in Argentine - Tony Leon) were clammering for the return of these mercenaries to South Africa. Why? Because the thought of a white person getting executed is too ghastly to contemplate.

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-14 14:05

    LOL...We would have no problem hiring a hangman in this country. People would come out of retirement to do the job. LOL !

  • Daemos1 - 2011-07-14 14:54

    If it pays enough, I'll do it, it beats coroprate work and I'm already going to hell

  • DW - 2011-07-14 15:02

    The situation in Zimbabwe is the reason why you should be careful of wishing for the return of the death penalty here. Many people are wrongfully arrested there and their judicial system is very influenced by what Mugabe wants. I wouldnt want the job as hangman, even if there are rapists and murderers amongst them, as there could also be innocent men that the government has framed. Would you want to be the executioner in this case? Get the families of the victims to perform the execution if they still want it to happen, otherwise commute the sentences to life imprisonment.

  • jock - 2011-07-14 15:08

    change from hanging to necklacing as we have plenty of takers here in SA

  • Virginia - 2011-07-14 15:42

    Strange, we have plenty in this country who would like the job, killing here is their forte, and I am sure this lot does not have sleepless nights.

  • Jane - 2011-07-14 15:58

    Also how great is the justice in Zimbabwe - how does this person know the prisoner is truly been given a fair trail to be killed? And then working for zim govt, you know you dont get paid so why do it if you dont plan on making a deal with the devil.

  • deminimus - 2011-07-14 16:15

    you have to know the ropes and will soon get the hang of it.

  • Ross - 2011-07-14 16:28

    Is this job subject to Affirmative Action or will they consider a Whitey?

  • andrewtariro.mandioma - 2012-08-09 16:27

    THE REASON WY ITS BEEN TOO LONG ITS COZ, THE DEATH LAW IS A COLONIAL LEGACY.WHO DARE CONTINUES TO EXECUTE PEOPLE USING A COLONIAL LAW? NO ONE IN ZIM CAN DO THAT. THERE ARE MANY WHO HAVE APPLIED BUT THE MINISTRY IS NOT WILLING TO EMPLOY ANYONE COZ NO ONE STILL LOVES THA LAW.EVEN IF MUGABE IS TO BE EXECUTED, NO ONE WOULD VOLUNTEER TO DO SO AS U FREAKS THINK. WHAT MAKES U BELIEVE THAT MUGABE DESERVES AN EXECUTION? WHY DID U NOT EXECUTE APATHEIRD REGIME LEADERS U RASCALS? IF CAN DO IT ,COME AND TRY.IF AM U, I WOULD BE CAREFUL ON WHAT I WRITE AND SAY. BE WARNED GOOKS

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