- Gender-based violence is yet another pandemic taking its toll on South Africa
- In response to this scourge, the Inkatha Freedom Party has called for the death penalty
- The IFP hopes that severe punishment will reduce crimes committed against the nation's vulnerable
The Inkatha Freedom Party has called for the death penalty to be introduced in response to gender-based violence.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had dubbed crimes against SA's women and children a pandemic plaguing the nation, calling for an end to the silence surrounding the issue.
Now, the IFP has called for harsh punishments for certain gender-based violence crimes in South Africa.
IFP MP Mthokozisi Nxumalo condemned the rate at which serious crimes were being committed against women and children in the country.
Nxumalo had been participating in a debate on the subject which had been brought forward by the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The MP called on society to amplify the campaign against crimes of this nature, commenting that:
“Possibly it might be a time to revisit the death penalty so that those who violate and steal the lives of innocent women in our country have to forfeit their own lives.
"Honourable House chair, the IFP calls on government, political parties, civil society and face-based organisations and all South Africans who refuse to stand by as this war on women and children in our communities take place, come together to fight this gender-based violence,” explains Nxumalo.
EFF MP Veronica Mente says that Parliament should lead a movement of change:
"We need a Parliament of action. We must hold the police and NPA accountable. The judiciary should stop releasing rapists back into society. We must do our bit to stop the war against women in this country."
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