CapeTalk callers debate the return of the death penalty

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNOCD), South Africa had the fifth highest murder rate in the world in 2015.

The rate of crime in the country sparked a discussion between CapeTalk listeners and hosts Africa Melane and Lester Kiewit.

Should government bring back the death penalty to stop these criminals from killing ask callers?

This follows a shooting of a 46-year-old man at a filling station in Kenilworth over the weekend.

The man was gunned down by four suspects who were later arrested in Goodwood and will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on murder charges.

Most listeners seem to agree that the death penalty should be brought back.

Read: Kenilworth petrol station shooting gang-related - Saps

Guys caught in an act like this should get a death penalty, not long drawn out court cases where we as taxpayers should pay for their food and accommodation. You get caught in the act, you face death penalty finish and klaar.

Caller

Read: 'Death penalty will cost state millions, and does not solve crime problem'

Enshrined in the Constitution is the right to life but what about the victims right to life? I think it is time the government listened to the call of the people who are becoming victims.

John, Caller

The death penalty is coming back like it or not. Either the government catches up and bring it back or the people of South Africa will bring it back. Justice is being done in the street by vigilante groups already brings back the death penalty.

Sam, Caller

We don't need a death penalty if we have a proper police force.

James, Caller

When are we actually going to take criminals to task? We have criminals in our government and we don't know who to actually vote for. Our justice system is completely failing us...

Lauren, Caller

To hear the rest of the conversations, listen below:


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