- The Democratic Alliance has slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa for his recent comments on prison life in SA
- Following a visit to Precious Ramabulana's family, Ramaphosa had called for prisoners to do hard labour
- The opposition party feels this was a 'cheap' shot at gaining affection, more than an actual possibility
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The DA has criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa for saying that criminals in South Africa shouldn't enjoy life behind bars.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had visited the family of slain TVET student Precious Ramabulana, commenting on the severity of punishments imposed upon criminals:
“They should not be in jail enjoying life there. They should be subjected to the harshest labour in prison. This is because what they are doing to society is indescribable.”
This has attracted criticism from the opposition party, who slammed Ramaphosa's suggestion as unconstitutional.
READ ALSO: Ramaphosa to Ramabulana family: Prisoners must face harshest labour
Glynnis Breytenbach released a statement on the DA's position on what they view as the president's 'cheap talk':
“These types of statements are unfortunate, emotional and, coming from the president of a constitutional democracy, frankly deeply disappointing. It is cheap talk, speaking to placate the general population, but which can never be delivered. The tragedy which befell Precious Ramabulana happens all too often in SA, and now, almost weekly,” said the shadow minister of justice."
Breytenbach likened the comments to that of Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, who had suggested the return of the death penalty and stricter bail conditions for offenders.
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