Death penalty needed

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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