- In a letter addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa and National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise, the ATM party voiced their concerns over gender-based violence
- Party president Vuyo Zungula asked the president to introduce a referendum on the death penalty in SA
- This follows a massive call for the harsh punishment to be introduced into law, with citizens growing weary of the ongoing crime
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The African Transformation Movement has weighed in on the reintroduction of the death penalty in South Africa.
News24 reports that the party had called on both Modise and Ramaphosa to ask for both a referendum on the issue as well as public hearings to be held, with Vuyo Zungula writing:
"As the African Transformation Movement, we hold a firm view that a very strong message needs to be sent to all the murderers and rapists, that the country will not tolerate this kind of abhorrent behaviour. The right to life, enshrined in the Constitution, cannot be the sole preserve of murderers and rapists."
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Briefly.co.za reported that a petition for the reintroduction of the penalty had received overwhelming support from citizens.
However, the Justice Department is adamant that the death penalty will fail to solve any problems in SA:
"In Section 11, the Constitution states that 'Everyone has the right to life'. The Court, in the case of S v Makwanyane, found the right to life guaranteed by the Interim Constitution, 1993, prohibited the death penalty. The Court has subsequently ruled that capital punishment is also forbidden by the current RSA Constitution Act, 1996."
The department insists that research proved the penalty had failed to serve as a deterrent anywhere in the world, reports JacarandaFM.
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