Johannesburg, Jan 11: Economic Freedom Fighters Spokesperson and MP, Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi slams at newly found Mzwanele Manyi’s party African Transformation Movement (ATM) and it’s advocacy for the reinstatement of death penalty in South Africa’s criminal justice system. The National Spokesperson blasted at their review of the justice system and it’s suggestions on the capital punishment.
“The first thing that we are working for, that we want as a party, we want to reinstate the capital punishment”, Party President Vuyolwethu Zungula told the citizen.
This follows an announcement by one of Former ANC MP, Jacob Zuma’s loyalists and former head of the Gupta owned media empires, ANN7 and the New Age newspaper, Mzwanele Manyi saying he is leaving the African National Congress to become head of policy and strategy division in the newly formed ATM party.
ATM told The Citizen that South Africa has normalised crime where it becomes ordinary news that 57 lives are lost daily to murder in South Africa. They added by saying South Africa has become the rape capital and the law giving leverage and freedom to criminals while victims continue to live in fear daily.
“There is so much going wrong in terms of how we deal with the crime in the country and if you check, we have had prayers, we have had marches, we have had even the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children] but nothing is changing. Rather than the criminals having fear, it is the ordinary, peaceful South Africans who are having fear each and every day”.
“Therefore, we are calling for the reinstatement of the capital punishment to deal with crime cases,” Zungula said.
The party also highlighted on enforcing a labour convict prison system and how prisoners are living in luxury behind bars with money funded by TAX payers in the country. ATM is finding it hard to comprehend the issue of funding education, food and freedom of people who have violated society and the law of the land.
The party questioned what inmates are doing as service to community showing their remorse and wrongdoing to society.
EFF National Spokesperson lambasted his thoughts on twitter saying the review of the capital punishment by ATM is madness and said the death sentence will only kill Africans.
“Because now is the time for all of us to build the country. It can’t be that when you are going to prison it is as if you are going to a hotel, because we need to send a message to young people and everyone that crime does not pay,” Zungula said.
In one of their campaigning statements they said ATM want to decolonise the economy for all South Africans to access the echelons of international trade and maximising the export of finished products in the international market.
It also stated that reforms are a necessity in the legislative environment to ensure a law abiding nation and it’s citizens. However it is clear where the Economic Freedom Fighters stand with the new proposed policy by the African Transformation Movement.
By Ziyanda Yono