Time to re­open death penalty de­bate

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - LETTERS -

The cur­rent crime statis­tics con­firm what we have known for a long time – law en­force­ment is not work­ing, and jail sen­tences are not a de­ter­rent.

The ques­tion up­per­most in our minds is where to from here? The moral fab­ric of our so­ci­ety is in shreds. Mur­ders and rape go on un­abated, drug lords – many of them known to the po­lice and com­mu­ni­ties – thrive, gangs are al­lowed to rule the roost in vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties.

To his credit, Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele showed emo­tion when read­ing out the num­bers.

He weeps with a na­tion mourn­ing the mur­der of loved ones, rape of young daugh­ters, shoot­ing of in­no­cent young­sters with stray bul­lets from gang­sters’ guns. The list goes on with­out an ap­par­ent so­lu­tion in sight.

Surely it’s time to again open the death penalty de­bate? Mur­der­ers and rapists de­serve to be re­moved from so­ci­ety, not spend time in the safety and rel­a­tive com­fort of prison. This, while grieving fam­i­lies mourn the loss of loved ones they’ll never see again.

Per­pe­tra­tors, un­like their vic­tims, have a sec­ond chance to life. Where’s the fair­ness? Henry CB, Ge­orge

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