South Africa grapples with Death Penalty Question: TO BE OR NOT TO BE?

June 28, 2018 | Brainwave Science


One of the major subjects of discussion in our day and time is ‘Death Penalty’, this was touched upon by an opinion posted in ‘The Herald’ news Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This reader’s opinion piece published in Herald Live in South Africa draws attention to the burning question of rising number of murders, robberies and increase in crime rate and specifically the killing of three people in South Africa. These people were killed just hours apart in three separate farm attacks in South Africa on the weekend of June 25th, 2018. According to the news reports, ‘Two of the fatal farm attacks were in North West and the third, of strawberry farmer Jeffrey Zetler‚ 62‚ was in Stellenbosch.’ Zetler‚ owner of the Mooiberge strawberry farm‚ was stabbed to death by robbers in his office on Saturday afternoon. According to reports‚ he had survived four previous robberies. Meanwhile, in North West, a 64-year-old man was shot dead on his farm in Hartbeespoort during a robbery, also on Saturday afternoon. In another incident on Saturday, a man was shot dead when he rushed outside in response to the screams of his father and his daughter on a farm in Swartruggens‚ about 20km from Rustenburg. All three attacks were related to robbery and ended up as murders. In all three cases police statements mention that they are investigating the cases. Opinion letter brings forth the attention to the accelerating violent crime rate in South Africa. According to reports, ‘In the 2016-17 year, the rate of murders increased to 52 a day, with 19,016 murders recorded between April 2016 to March 2017’



Capital punishment in South Africa was abolished on June 6, 1995 by the ruling of the Constitutional Court in the case of S v Makwanyane, following a five-year and four-month moratorium since February 1990. It seems that there has been a great push in South Africa for death penalty to solve resurgence of crime in the country.  A 2014 poll in South Africa found that 76 percent of millennium generation South Africans support re-introduction of the death penalty. The question here is that does a large number of citizenry in South Africa see that death penalty as a deterrent to crime? So far there have been no substantial studies that profess that death penalty will play any role in change of criminal’s behavior.  In the US 88% of criminologists do not believe the death penalty is an effective deterrent. So, the question is how can law enforcement agencies in South Africa address the problem of crime rate and growing dissatisfaction among people towards murders and other violent crimes?


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Main Source: Herald LIVE
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