The IFP Women's Brigade is very disappointed to learn that Oscar Pistorius will be released back into society so quickly after he was convicted for his part in the killing of Reeva Steenkamp.
"The Department of Correctional Services and Parole Board must be aware that if they release Oscar so soon, they will be sending a message that people can commit murder and get away with a slap on the wrist. Oscar was convicted in a court of law and must therefore serve his sentence.
If we want to eradicate the scourge of violence towards women, this decision must be reversed urgently," said IFP Women’s Brigade National Chairperson, Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
"This is a serious crime. The only reasonable sentence would be a long-term incarceration. The minimum punishment that society will be happy with is to see him serving his jail term.
It does not get any more serious than murder and there is no hierarchy in terms of which life is more important than another. There should be no "untouchables" in our country as our constitution guarantees that all people are equal before the law,"
"The IFPWB demands that the Minister of Correctional Services, Michael Masutha must tell the public on what grounds does Oscar Pistorius deserves to be released to the society. We need valid reasons, there must be no secret in this matter," concluded Madlopha-Mthethwa.
Issued by: Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa, IFP Women’s Brigade National Chairperson,
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