South Africa should Talk about the Death Penalty

The tragic discovery of a murdered school boy found in a shallow grave in Phoenix Durban yesterday, possibly identified by SAPS as the young 9-year old Miguel Louw who went missing on July 17, is yet another horror story of the rampant serious crime levels we find in South Africa today. The IFP sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Miguel Louw. You are in our thoughts and constant prayers.

The IFP has stated on too many occasions to mention that violent contact crime such as rape and murder are out of control in South Africa. Yesterday we witnessed in shock and horror as the SAPS stumbled upon the shallow grave in which nine year old school boy, Miguel Louw was discovered. Our deepest condolences are extended to his family; you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

There appears to be no answer or meaningful consequence or deterrence to the commission of violent contact crime in South Africa. On the 23rd August, Mr Kidesh Ramjettan, 37 years of age, whilst at his business premises situate at Glazer Motors at around 4pm, was shot dead by an unknown assailant for no other apparent reason than his cell phone.

I can go on and on about the horrific murders that occur every day in South Africa. Our Justice and crime prevention system are failing us. Ordinary South Africans no longer feel, nor are safe.

As the IFP we have been approached by many South Africans who are calling for the reinstatement of capital punishment in South Africa and we feel that government should at the very least open this matter up to the national discourse for discussion by our citizens in a process akin to the recent Constitutional Review Committee process on expropriation of Land.

Let’s talk about the death penalty, let’s talk about hard labour in our prisons without the chance of early parole for violent contact crimes, let’s have this discussion and we call upon government to immediately facilitate such national process of discourse.

Mr Narend Singh MP
IFP Chief Whip in Parliament
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