- Mangosuthu Buthelezi has suggested that there be more debate around bringing back the death penalty
- This comes as part of the IFP's election promises to crack down on crime
- Buthelezi has been in full campaign mode, holding an event in Gauteng this week
IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has said that there should be a debate around bringing back the death penalty in order to combat violent crime.
He made the comments at the party's manifesto launch in Gauteng.
However, Buthelezi added that this did not necessarily mean the IFP supported the death penalty.
The suggestion came as part of the IFP's new election promises, which include getting rid of e-tolls and subsidising the transport costs of unemployed people looking for work.
Other election promises included cracking down on crime and stimulating the economy.
Buthelezi has been hard on the campaign trail. He has said that this will be his last election as IFP leader. He had initially suggested he would step down from the party leadership in 2017, but has continued because of alleged infighting within the IFP.
Despite his party having most of its support in KwaZulu-Natal, Eyewitness News reported that there were hundreds of supporters at his Gauteng event. The supporters were reportedly enthusiastic and were seen dancing and waving knobkerries.
The IFP, which remains in fourth place in terms of voter support, appears to be trying to mobilise more voters and connect to South Africans through sweeping policy proposals.
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