Calls for the death penalty intensify… but is it an option?

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Despite increased calls for the reinstatement of the death penalty after a spate of killings of women, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola won’t back it “because it was found to be unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court”.Asked whether Cabinet would be willing to declare a referendum on it, Lamola said: “I can’t speak for Cabinet and I can’t stop people from the debate, but the death penalty was found to be unconstitutional”.

More and more organisations and political parties are joining the call for government to bring back capital punishment in the light of the escalating violence against women, children and the elderly.Some called for special prisons to lock up perpetrators of gender-based violence, while others demanded that the abusers be subjected to chemical castration.

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