Johannesburg - The African Transformation Movement (ATM) is pushing for the re-introduction of the death penalty to deal with heinous crimes afflicting the country.
On Sunday, party leader Vuyolwethu Zungula confirmed that he wrote to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise requesting that the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) be directed to hold public hearings on the re-introduction of the death penalty.
Zungula also confirmed that he wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking for a referendum on the death penalty. Only Modise had responded to date, he said.
In her letter to Zungula, Modise said: “Your correspondence has been forwarded to the CRC for consideration."
Zungula said the decision to outlaw the death penalty was done by the Constitutional Court, but there was strong public opinion that it should be reinstated.