the Death Penalty

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st0nes (December 14, 2011, 11:13:07 AM):
Thanks for the link, st0nes. Are they less harsh on their own citizens then? A sort of xenophobia?
I have no idea.
Mefiante (October 30, 2014, 10:52:55 AM):
The question of the death penalty in SA has reemerged. The attendant opinion poll shows that more than 90% of IOL readers who have so far chosen to respond are in favour of a referendum to decide the issue.

But the author forgets a few salient points. First, several studies have shown that, as a deterrent, the death penalty is basically useless. Second, a death penalty would violate our Constitution, an obstacle no referendum has the power to remove. Third, if the considerations are mostly financial (i.e., the cost of keeping convicted criminals incarcerated and fed vs. disposing of them with finality), the essential immorality of capital punishment becomes even clearer.

Finally, “Executed by the will of the people” would make a very fine epitaph. It would be a reminder, one to make the people proud of their democracy, whenever the state kills some incorrigible lowlife on their behalf.

Brian (October 30, 2014, 12:20:29 PM):
I am sickened by the hype around the murder of a soccer star. On the South Coast a few days ago a young woman (a tourist from the UK) in her twenties was raped and killed. Heard about it? Guess not. Every flippen politician is on the band wagon with the Senzo murder and then they have a massive debate whether his fuckbuddy should attend the funeral FFS! Now the death penalty raises its weary head again...the murders of children, farmers black and white, the aged etc etc gets little exposure besides the mention of them in the media. Court cases are focused on hype and newsworthiness and what bugs me is the sudden outburst of revulsion. If any good can come of Senzo's death, hopefully the security cluster may get a wake-up call and get to do their jobs more efficiently.
cr1t (October 30, 2014, 14:37:15 PM):
The death penalty, only serves as a tool for revenge.
A sense of revenge I sometimes share, when I hear of the horrible things that happen to people.
brianvds (October 30, 2014, 15:19:26 PM):
If memory serves, after the second world war, Germany abolished the death penalty (except, of course, for those minor little hangings after Nüremberg). The majority of Germans were actually in favour of the death penalty. Nowadays, the majority of Germans oppose it. Why? Simply because a new generation of Germans grew up without it and became used to the idea. I think South Africans will also come to opposed it in another generation or two.


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