- South Africans were left reeling after news broke of the deaths of boxing champion Leighandre Jegels and UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana
- In light of the spike in violence against women, social media users called for a return of the death penalty
- The post went viral as it polarised opinion as many shared their reservations
South Africans were stunned to hear of the deaths of boxing champion Leighandre Jegels and UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana recently.
Jegels was shot to death by her estranged boyfriend, while Mrwetyana was raped and brutally murdered by a Post Office employee.
To rub salt into the wounds, Jegels’ boyfriend was a police officer, who lost his life as a result of a car crash after the shooting.
Mrwetyana’s killer had a criminal record and questions have been asked as to how he was awarded the position within the Post Office.
In light of the recent events, many South Africans are calling for the death penalty and the theme has been trending via social media.
Briefly.co.za noted the reaction to one of the tweets, which was shared by Mzwanele Manyi.
Many see it as being a major deterrent, but others feel that there’s a lack of evidence to support the argument.
Hlelo (@Senzo7) commented, “Fix the Judicial system first, actually the entire Government needs an overhaul.”
Menahem Fuchs (@_menahem) said, “Nah. Death penalty is not the solution, and that's backed by stats. It might make you feel better, but it will do nothing to address the actual problem. What we need is an improved economy to lift people out of poverty and deprivation, and a functional education system.”
Lesley Adams-Ketile (@TholeCalibrate) responded, “As a father of a girl child I am always thinking when will it be my turn when I see all these missing alerts going around. Surely we did not slay the apartheid enemy just to be defeated by our own evil brothers.”
Elton (@nomahelelebf) said, “Prison life should be a hell hole for Murders and rapist but instead it is a vacation house for them. The moment someone rape or kill their human rights should be taken away from them. Government needs to make sure our prisons is not a beach house for criminals.”
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