Cyril Ramaphosa says those who commit violence against women and children must work hard in prison.
“It shouldn’t be nice for criminals in prison. They have to do hard work. Rape, murderers and assailants must realize they are doing horrible things to society, ”the president said after a visit to the family of student Precious Ramabulana, 21, who was killed in Mokomene in Limpopo.
The FF Plus welcomed these statements, while the DA said it runs counter to the Constitution.
“The FF Plus has always supported the idea of forced labor for prisoners, especially those convicted of more serious crimes,” says Dr. Pieter Groenewald, FF Plus leader.
Groenewald says the FF Plus would like to see that not only people who commit violence against women and children, but all hardened criminals who commit serious crimes, such as murder, rape and armed robbery, are not in jail to enjoy life there . “They have to work hard, like producing their own food, among other things, so that the taxpayer doesn’t have to pay for thousands of unscrupulous criminals’ careless stay in a prison.”
He says other precautions such as a complete register for sex offenders are important, but even more important is that a prison is once again a place that instills fear and where true rehabilitation can take place.
“It happens too often that people who commit serious crimes only commit the same crime again shortly after being released. It rightly gives the impression that a prison sentence serves no purpose as a deterrent. “
According to Groenewald, the crime rate in South Africa is unacceptably high and the high incidence of serious violent crimes, in particular, gives the impression that criminals have no respect for the country’s criminal justice system. “It has to change.”
However, DA Justice Minister Glynis Breytenbach said the DA did not agree with these statements.