The IFP has written to Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee to request that the matter of whether or not the death penalty should be reinstated be urgently placed on the Committee’s agenda for public input and discussion.

An open and frank discussion must be had in our country about this matter as South African’s are becoming more and more fed-up with the scourge of violent and sexual crimes particularly against women and children.

The IFP remains extremely concerned as crime levels have drastically increased over recent years, this despite the latest SAPS Crime Statistics of which its proponents would claim figures to the contrary.

Current deterrents to violent crime particularly murder, rape and aggravated robbery are to some extent ineffective and a debate about finding alternative solutions at this juncture is a necessary one.

Therefore, we as the IFP have called upon the Joint Constitutional Review Committee to initiate this debate and discussion with the broader South African public. This request has also been filed with the Office of the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Baleka Mbete MP and the Secretary to Parliament.

We believe that as a responsible political party we are duty bound to raise such matters of national importance and place them into the public discourse for further discussion.