Friday, 30 November 2007

“Are those killed by crime seen … as dispensable,” asked David Bullard

It is so fun when you read about something when it has not happened to you. This is what happened when I read David Bullard’s column – “Out to Lunch” on Sunday Times, one of South Africa’s influential and investigative Sunday paper.

In his article Those killed crime are seen as dispensable by Thabo Mbeki Bullard describes his experience during and after the shooting.

Today, I was shocked to read Sister killed for turning off radio.

How dare you commit crime and plead not guilty? It’s reported that the murderer pleaded not guilty for having killed her poor sister.

I now agree with Jacob Zuma, African National Congress deputy president that “criminals are treated too leniently.”

If they (criminals) are treated as such – does this then call for death penalty?

Maybe it’s high time South African government or whoever is to become the country’s next president – introduced death penalty. It might not be the solution to all the crimes happening in South Africa, but it could help curb the escalated killings in the country.

According to Bullard “under Mbeki this country has become a quagmire of corruption and vice. The media is often accused by politicians of stooping to offensive racist stereotypes, but when your country is run by offensive stereotypes, what choice do you have? If the allegations against Mbeki are even half true, then the word “impeachment“ should be in common usage before too long.”

What have we (so-called South Africans) become? Why do we kill and murder like we don’t care and there’s no tomorrow? We must be sick!

Is Bullard right or not when asking if “those killed by crime seen by Thabo Mbeki as dispensable?”

Whether death penalty will bring down high rate of crime in the country or not, Desmond Tumu, a former archbishop of Cape Town and a Nobel peace laureate, according to the Guardian The time has come to abolish death penalty worldwide disputes that. Tutu says “everywhere experience shows us that executions brutalize both those involved in the process and the society that carries them out. Nowhere has it been shown that the death penalty reduces crime or political violence. In country after country, it is used disproportionately against the poor or against racial or ethnic minorities. It is often used as a tool of political repression. It is imposed and inflicted arbitrarily. It is an irrevocable punishment, resulting inevitably in the execution of people innocent of any crime. It is a violation of fundamental human rights.”

Despite Tutu’s criticism of death penalty whether is the answer to the South Africa killings and murders – many Botswana nationals say, “If South Africa is to be a better place to live in and travel to, death penalty should be brought back! Some of these nationals call it “go kalediwa” in Setswana.

That is why there’s a low rate of murder and killings in Botswana. This is because when you want to kill someone – you will have to think hard enough and twice too before taking somebody else’s life, one Botswana resident at North West University – Mafikeng campus said.

Is death penalty really the answer to all these murders and killings in this country - South Africa?

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