President Jacob Zuma was incredulous on Thursday when he was asked if he would
consider bringing back the death penalty for murders.
Cope MP Graham McIntosh put the question to the president in Parliament during
question time on Thursday. He wanted to know if Zuma would consider appointing
a judicial commission to investigate whether this would reduce the number of
violent crimes and come up with amendments to the constitution.
“Did I hear the honourable member say, the freedom to sentence people to
death?” a shocked Zuma asked.
“I won’t do it. Absolutely not,” he said, after explaining the abolition of the
death penalty was a decision of the Constitutional Court.
Zuma also held his ground on the government’s controversial decision to review
the decisions of the Concourt.
IFP chief whip Koos van der Merwe asked him if it was true that the ANC wanted
Parliament, rather than the constitution, to be supreme.
Zuma said the three arms of government – the legislature, the judiciary and the
executive – had “very clear” functions and were all part of “one and the same”
state – which was why this needed to be “co-ordinated”.
Any arm of government could make mistakes and it was not the duty of the
judiciary to review itself, Zuma said.
(source: IOL News)