The national spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has blasted the proposed policy of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) to reinstitute capital punishment in South Africa.
Following the announcement on Wednesday that former president Jacob Zuma’s loyalist Mzwanele Manyi – the former owner of the Gupta family’s media empire that included news channel ANN7 and The New Age newspaper – is leaving the governing African National Congress (ANC) to head up ATM’s policy and strategy division. The party’s president Vuyolwethu Zungula said ATM was advocating for the death penalty.
“The first thing that we are working for, that we want as a party, we want to reinstate the capital punishment,” Zungula said. ATM’s president said reasons that necessitate for reinstating the death penalty in South Africa include how taking a life in the country has been normalised, with its citizenry accepting and being “okay” with the statistic of 57 people dying on a daily basis and that the country has become the rape capital of the world.
“There is so much going wrong in terms of how we deal with the crime in the country and if you check, we have had prayers, we have had marches, we have had even the 16 days of activism [for no violence against women and children] but nothing is changing. Rather than the criminals having fear, it is the ordinary, peaceful South Africans who are having fear each and every day.
“Therefore, we are calling for the reinstatement of the capital punishment to deal with crime cases,” Zungula said.