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Bring the death penalty back as matter of urgency.

23 July 2014, 07:27

When our just , fair , liberal democracy replaced the hated , unjust apartheid regime in 1994  capital punishment was also abolished .

Maybe the ANC , who were strong on human rights at the time wanted to show the world that they were a humane civilised movement with high moral and ethical values .

Those who awaited execution were of course very happy with the decision and for those with murderous intentions and inclinations the future looked distinctly rosy.

Today we have the highest murder, rape and assault rate in the world and it is costing the country billions in investigations , court cases and the upkeep of prisoners. Murder suspects can also count on expensive lawyers to defend them in court. Add to that the suffering of the victims , emotional pain of relatives and loved ones and also families that are left without breadwinners.

In the case of farm murders where victims are often tortured , loss of jobs and food production affect the economy and food security.

To criminals in other African states where the jails are hell holes and the death penalty is still applied South Africa is a very attractive destination knowing that if they get caught they can expect humane treatment.

The argument that the death penalty is no deterrent for would be murderers is nonsense . Maybe it is true of  civilized developed countries where there is only an occasional murder, but not in South Africa where the murder rate is 50 plus a day.

The fact that so many children and helpless elderly people are cruelly murdered is proof that we have a large number of evil , heartless monsters in our mids.

Why should they have a right to life when they have no respect for somebody else's rights ?

They deserve to die . Not by hanging but by means of a lethal injection as prove that we are civilized.

Relatives of the murdered will also be more at peace when retribution has taken place.

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