- The ATM party says they plan to reintroduce the death penalty if they take power
- They are among only two other parties which support the death penalty
- The ATM's Jimmy Manyi said the death penalty would serve as a crime-prevention tool
The African Transformation Movement (ATM) says that they will bring back the death penalty if elected.
The comment was made by party executive, Jimmy Manyi.
Speaking at a party event, Manyi insisted that punishments for crime in South Africa were not harsh enough.
In particular, Manyi endorsed execution by hanging.
The ATM is one of only three parties which support the death penalty. The others are the ACDP and the African Covenent, while the IFP says they want to hold a referendum regarding the issue.
All three major parties - the ANC, DA and EFF - reject the death penalty, although in the early years of the EFF Malema supported it, according to The South African.
However, it appears that there is not much support for the death penalty among the general population. For example, the Pro-Death Penalty Party, which ran on the issue in 2004, received less than 2 000 votes altogether.
This is not the first time ATM has been in the news in recent days, however. Allegations have also recently emerged that the party was established in order to defend former president, Jacob Zuma, according to IOL.
The ANC, however, has distanced itself from these reports, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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