The death of nine-year-old Sadia Sukhraj in a botched hijacking in KwaZulu-Natal and a host of other criminal acts has rallied the South African community in a petition to bring back the death penalty.
It has attracted more than 67,000 signatures since it was launched on on 28 May 2018.
The petition was later updated to include Kelly Chetty who was shot dead in a botched hijacking in Avoca, in KwaZulu-Natal. It does not only focus on the death penalty; it also asks the government to look into Section 51 of South Africa’s Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1997 regarding stricter sentences for convicted criminals.
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“Nineteen-thousand is an impressive number of signatures for a petition, and statistics and other similar petitions seem to suggest that, if a nationwide consensus was taken, the majority of South Africans would call for the reinstatement of the death penalty,” said University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Law senior lecturer Suhayfa Bhamjee.
You can sign the petition here
Sources: TimesLIVE, Facebook