Debate death penalty issue

While we know that there is no scientific evidence that the death penalty will reduce crime, it is imperative to acknowledge that existing crime-fighting methods have failed us.

While we know that there is no scientific evidence that the death penalty will reduce crime, it is imperative to acknowledge that existing crime-fighting methods have failed us.

If the death penalty can be part of the solution, we must debate it. Crime is not getting the attention it deserves. Politicians insist that longer sentences, rather than the death penalty, are the way to go.

ANC president Jacob Zuma should be supported in his call for a national referendum on the death penalty, rather than relying only on a political decision by the ANC.

Zuma did not say that the death penalty must be brought back, but he has taken a position on an issue that people want to debate. The ANC should listen and discuss the matter.

This form of engagement would give hope to people and make them realise that in a democracy, people are listened to and allowed to participate on important issues. I think Msholozi should continue advocating his belief, and broader participation must be allowed.

This is a bold step and Zuma must be encouraged. I know that the issue will invite more critics than sympathisers, but that's what being a true leader is all about.

Abie Malefo, Durban

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