Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema has opposed discussions on the death penalty, saying there is no evidence that it reduces crime. This is amid a spike in femicide in South Africa.
“We don’t support the death penalty, we don’t at all. Anyone who says we must bring (back) the death penalty must come and present scientific evidence of where the death penalty has succeeded in reducing crime. We must not be emotional here and start taking wrong decisions which are going to victimise all of us,” he warned.
Malema’s warning follows the murders of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana; female karate and boxing champion Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels of Northwood Primary School; Mitchells Plain pupil Janika Mallo; and Ayakha Jiyani and her siblings Siphesihle, Khwezi and Kuhlekonke Mpungose.
Malema’s criticism of the discussions on a referendum on the death penalty follows Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola’s explanation of the decision that it was based on well-documented research that the death penalty had not served as a deterrent in any society around the world.
“The call for the reinstatement of the death penalty is flawed in many ways,” he added.