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Wed Oct 24 23:59:18 CDT 2007
SAHRC dismisses calls for death penalty----The SAHRC has rejected calls to
reinstate the death penalty
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has again dismissed calls for the
reinstatement of the death penalty to address the country's high levels of
Today it released a report that looks at crime's devastating impact on
human rights. Instead the commission has called for a coordinated and
effective approach to the legal and constitutional framework.
Crime, dubbed as the country's malignant cancer, has devastating effects
on society. Last week it cut short the life of reggae legend Luck Dube.
"Everything we want to do as a nation can be threatened by the horrendous
acts of criminality that pervade our society," says SAHRC chairperson Jody
Calling for presidential back-up
Amongst its recommendations, the commission suggests an improved
coordination of the National Crime Prevention Strategy. It also suggests
improved police efficiency, effectiveness, a review of community police
forums and victim empowerment programmes.
Against this backdrop, there are perceptions that the country's
Constitution and legal framework is criminal-friendly. Calls for the
reinstatement of the death penalty were dismissed.
"We are convinced the death penalty offers no effective deterrent and
doesn't assist in the fight against crime people think 'well if we can
maybe kill them, then we can win the war against crime'" says Kollapen.
The commission plans to present the report to President Thabo Mbeki, in
which it will call for his backing.
(source: SABC News)
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