‘Convicted rapists’ penises must be cut off’ — ANC MPL

2015-11-25 09:38
Willies Mchunu

Willies Mchunu

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Pietermaritburg - Rather pass a law allowing convicted rapists’ penises to be cut off than bring back the death penalty.

This was according to ANC MPL Zanele Ludidi on Tuesday, during a debate on the NFP’s motion, tabled by Erickson Zungu, for a national referendum on the reinstatement of the death penalty.

Ludidi said cutting off penises would deter potential rapists.

During the debate, the Community Safety Department came under fire from opposition parties for the high murder rate in the province.

NFP member Vikizitha Mlotshwa said KZN had become the country’s murder capital. “We had 3 810 murders in the last financial year, which make up more than 20% of the total murder rate. The numbers would surely increase if we consider unreported cases,” he said.

Mlotshwa said the holiday season had become unsafe for people.

“Statistics revealed that 55 murders happened on Christmas Day alone, and a further 54 happened on New Year’s Day,” he said.

MEC Willies Mchunu blamed the high murder rate partly on political violence and faction fights. “We are the only province with political violence, inflicted by our own parties. Nowhere else in the country are there faction fights.

“They contribute to the murder rate. They happen in our areas where people live, where we live and we do nothing about it. The only thing we do is to criticise others,” he said.

Mchunu called for MPLs to “become champions in the fight against crime”.

“These murders happen in shebeens. These are the shebeens owned by our friends and relatives, and they are illegal. We do nothing to help the police,” he said.

DA caucus leader Sizwe Mchunu pointed to provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni as “one of the elements that fails the province in the fight against crime”.

“She [Ngobeni] unashamedly appointed a former personal assistant who only had grade 10 to the position of a lieutenant, despite the fact that the position required somebody who had grade 12,” he said.

IFP member Nhlanhla Msimango said cadre deployment had brought the SAPS to its knees.

“The lack of confidence and trust by the general public in the SAPS and its leadership is at an all-time high,” he said.

Msimango said Ngobeni lacks vision and initiative.

EFF MPL Vusumuzi Khoza said the government had taught people that it was okay to resolve differences through violence. He referred to the shooting of miners by police at Marikana, the recent student fees protests, and other instances where he said the government had responded violently.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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