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The Death Penalty is dead

19 October 2013, 19:12
The Constitutional Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional. Discussing the death penalty has no value because it cannot be reinstated without changing the constitution. I am not going to discuss the merits of the death penalty for or against. 
Personally I would rather see the perpetrators of violence and crime live long healthy lives in cages. The basic premise of any protest is to make some noise and make themselves heard. Rainbow November will make some noise, but politely. We are not looking at throwing rocks or forcing our views on others, The protest is to affect change in our justice system ensuring justice is served for the victims of crime.
My view is that our protest should offer a solution not just be a blip on the radar. Too many protests lose their way by breaking the contract of civility. The audience goes against the protestors because they are seen to be "violent thugs" and not at all civilly responsible. 
The shoes in the park protests must be peaceful, There must be no hint of impropriety or lack of discipline. The protestors should peacefully enter the venues chosen, place the memorial shoes in the area chosen. and enjoy a picnic or just chat to some of their neighbours. 
Every area needs a representative that will be tasked with handing the memorandum to a local government representative. 
Sentencing as it currently stands is left to the individual magistrates or judges discretion, This is why we see ludicrous judgements like the paedophile in Nelspruit that was given a suspended sentence for a second offence because "he did not harm" his victims. A Baby killer gets a sentence of 5 years because the judge used his discretion. 
Minimum sentences not maximum sentences is the answer to this conundrum. Mandatory minimum sentences should be enforced for all crimes with an element of violence. no second chances, no two strikes just a minimum mandatory sentence. If a criminal is found guilty of a crime like rape, paedophillia, murder or any crime involving a weapon a minimum sentence of life with no parole should be mandatory, not optional, Don't give the judges any discretion in these matters. 
Is there someone out there capable of crafting a memorandum that will cover these issues. Just look for Rainbow November on facebook and join, Offer your services. Remember we also need local volunteers in all towns, villages and suburbs throughout the country.
Volunteers will be requested to identify a park for the protest, Carry the memorandum and hand it to a local government representative. Invite all of South Africa to join us in this endeavour.
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