Can't embrace a law that fails our people - April 10, 2007 Edition 1
No Mr Karvelas (The Star Letters, April 3), I and tens of thousands of other people, black, white and brown, will continue to attack our constitution. Why, Mr Karvelas? Because it so dismally, so utterly, so completely fails so many people. From what abyss have we only recently emerged, Mr Karvelas? You don't perhaps think we fell into an abyss some 5 or 6 years ago? Try telling some lout with a gun at your head, about to rape your wife, that the bill of rights needs to be embraced, respected and nurtured.
No, Mr Karvelas, the "Hang 'em high" mob does not need to start "boxing for your blood", a car hijack gang, a heist mob or a simple mugger may well spill it for you. Lord Halifax once said: "We don't hang people for stealing horses, we hang them so horses don't get stolen!" Try considering this statement, instead of continuously "taking sides" with the criminal. Why not think of the victim, his/her family, children, etc. What right do you have to continually permit between 18 000 and 20 000 innocent people to be slaughtered each year, and not raise a murmur of protest?
What right do you have to lord it over teeming millions who want the death penalty re-instated? I note you do "support life imprisonment, in other words there must be no option of early release". But there is no such thing as "life imprisonment in the true sense" in South Africa. There are things such as bribes, prisons getting overcrowded, presidential pardons, early paroles, release on compassionate grounds - and just plain escape.