POLL: Should the death penalty be enforced?

File image. The death penalty remains in force in 17 African countries. Nigeria recently announced it too, wants to enforce the death penalty. Human rights activists have condemned it as a violation of the right to life. Picture: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan wants to enforce the death penalty.

Human rights activists have condemned this - they argue it violates the right to life.

They say there is no evidence to show it deters crime, and they believe innocent people are frequently wrongfully convicted.

The death penalty is still in force in 17 African countries.

Whether here in South Africa or elsewhere on the continent, and with our history of human rights violations, should we even be considering this extreme measure?

We would like to know what you think. Leave your comments below.





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