Death penalty needed
VIRTUALLY every day, we are confronted with news of the brutal murder or rape-and-murder of yet another woman or child.
Amanda Gouws, professor of political science at Stellenbosch University, ended her excellent article “South Africa’s femicide shame” (Argus, May 27): “Without intervention, the problem of sexual violence will not stop. Makoena’s name will be joined by hundreds more on a never-ending list of loss and brutality.” She also stated “these issues all beg for a solution on a collective level”.
The solution is obvious: although the subject has been “done to death”, the justifiable punishment has not. There can be no human rights for miscreants who commit the worst of human wrongs – yet the so-called punishment for them is that they are given free shelter, food, clothing and so on in recompense for the irreversible evil they committed.
The constitution needs to be changed and the death penalty reintroduced for cases where, guilt proved beyond any doubt, heinous cold-blooded murder has been committed.