PRESS RELEASE: UDM on the death sentence debate
The recent horrific rape, mutilation and murder of Ms Anene Booysen have again brought the death sentence debate to the fore. One gets the impression that South African's are increasingly leaning towards having this sentence meted out against murderers and rapists.
We of course understand the impact our Country's history had on this debate, with South Africans finding themselves on death row during the Apartheid years for politically related "crimes". Some experts also tell us that there is no credible evidence to prove that re-introducing the death penalty will reduce crime - a view also held by President Jacob Zuma.
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes that the Nation should be given the opportunity to express its opinion on capital punishment in the form of a referendum.
We understand that referendums are not without the challenge of great expense, but this critical question could possibly be posed to our people during the upcoming National and Provincial Elections in 2014.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BONGANI MSOMI, UDM SECRETARY GENERAL
Mr Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General
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