IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has called for the death penalty debate to be revisited and South Africans have reacted strongly to the news.
IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, called for the death penalty to be discussed again as per a recent report by Briefly.co.za.
The comments were made at the IFP’s manifesto launch in Gauteng recently.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the IFP has promised to crack down on crime as part of their political promises, but Buthelezi’s remarks have received a strong reaction.
Some South Africans welcomed the idea but not everyone was convinced.
Thamaga Tommy said, “He has a point, you cannot rape and take someone's life and in return you are rewarded with a free meal from our tax.”
Danni Shadi said, “Tommy! Indeed, that's need to be curb this high rate of murders and raping in our society at the end those perpetrators they get free education, free meal and access of everything that victims and other members of society can't get! So i think Mr Buthelezi is on point!”
A big bone of contention was that many felt Buthelezi to be guilty of crimes as well.
Henny Radile Mathebe said, “And it must actually starts with him for killing so many innocent people with his IFP in the past.”
Dumi David Zulu added: “He should be the first man in a democratic South Africa to be hang after his party killed thousands of black African society around the country especially in Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng.”
Not everyone supported the return of the death penalty.
Nikki Faro said, “I support Buthelezi, but my only fear is when an innocent person in prosecuted and get killed for things they didn't do? People can frame each other, it goes 2 ways.”
David Kick said, “Death Penalty is not a Solution. It is better to Increase Sentences Behind Bar up to 200 Years in.”
This sparked even more debate as the majority of social media users seemed to be in favour of the penalty.
A huge concern seemed to be linked to the impact on the tax payer.
John Abbott responded: “David Kick yes it is a solution ... why do violent criminals flock to countries with no death penalty. Jail time is mostly a holiday.. free food.. free tv.. free roof over your head & all paid for by the tax payer .”
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