More than 500k people sign petition to bring back death penalty in SA

By Chanice Jennike - 06 September 2019Views : 614

Thousands of people have signed a petition, Bring Back The Death Sentence in SA For Crimes Against Women, calling for the death penalty to be implemented in South Africa. 

On Friday, the petition had been signed by more than 500,000 people. 

On Monday, it was reported that missing UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered at a Post Office in Claremont. A 42-year-old suspect confessed to killing Uyinene inside the Post Office and dumping her body in Khayelitsha. 

Lynette Volschenk was found dead in her apartment last month. Her body was found chopped up in black bags inside her apartment. A 24-year-old suspect was arrested after neighbours found him wearing blue gloves, exiting Volschenk's apartment. 

South African boxing champion Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels was killed by her boyfriend, who was a police officer in the Eastern Cape. It is believed that Leighandre and her ex-boyfriend were living together until she obtained a protection order against him. On Monday, he died after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash. 

A 19-year-old Youth leader, Jesse Hess was found murdered in her home in Parow on Friday. According to reports, Jesse was raped and murdered. Her 85-year-old grandfather was also murdered. 

A 14-year-old girl, Janika Mallo was found dead in her grandmother's backyard in Cape Town on Sunday. Janika was raped and was found half-naked with her head bashed in.

Women across the country took to the streets on Thursday to march against gender-based violence, calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take drastic steps against rapists and murderers.