Death penalty : a human rights issue for South Africa

Jones, Chris (2021)

CITATION: Jones, C. 2021. Death penalty : a human rights issue for South Africa. In: Corrigan, T. (eds.) Human rights matters. IntechOpen, doi:10.5772/intechopen.96014.

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Publication of this chapter was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund

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In South Africa, the death penalty has been repealed just after the arrival of democracy in 1994. At present, due to numerous daily murders, especially farm murders, this issue is being debated once again seriously – by ordinary citizens, politicians, theologians, and others. In the media, in particular, it gets a lot of attention and in view of the extent of violent crime in our country, the reinstatement of the death penalty is again supported by many. The death penalty as such will always be contentious because it is about the reasoned termination of someone’s life – which is a radical act. Between 2009 and 2013 I did research on the death penalty in South African prisons (the first of its kind as far as we could determine), in all 9 our country’s provinces. The content of this study, gathered from 467 convicted murderers, and several other core aspects of why the reinstatement of the death penalty particularly in South Africa, should not be an option, will be discussed with reference to supporting international and authoritative research.

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