Cyril Ramaphosa has indicated that he would like some prisoners to face “hard labour” in jail. But the DA are dead against the suggestion.
In his latest attempt to get tough on crime, Cyril Ramaphosa may have bitten off a little more than he can chew. The president has been labelled as “emotional” by his critics, following a speech he gave at the home of Precious Ramabulana – the TVET student was raped and murdered last week.
Ramaphosa delivered a speech to the community, where he confirmed a suspect would be hauled into court this week. Sure enough, 28-year-old Aubrey Manaka appeared in the dock on Monday, 24 hours after it was confirmed the accused is also facing a criminal rape case.
Cyril Ramaphosa suggests “hard labour” for prisoners
South Africa’s head of state told the assembled media and crowds in Limpopo that his administration wanted to make prison ‘less enjoyable’ for inmates, and he punted the possibility of forcing prisoners to take part in hard labour – extended periods of physical work with little-to-no monetary reward:
“Government would work to change the justice system to ensure that people convicted of crimes against women and children remain behind bars for life and under the harshest conditions. They should not be in jail and enjoy life there, they should be subjected to hard labour – the harshest of labour.”