Jimmy Manyi hanging death penalty

Photo: Jimmy Manyi / Twitter

Jimmy Manyi says ATM will “bring back hanging” for serious crimes [video]

In true firebrand fashion, Jimmy Manyi has confirmed his ATM party will reintroduce the death penalty if elected, and he’s endorsed the act of “hanging”.

Jimmy Manyi hanging death penalty

Photo: Jimmy Manyi / Twitter

They may have been accused of being bedfellows with Jacob Zuma and Ace Magashule over the weekend, but the African Transformation Movement are certainly finding a way to differentiate themselves from the ANC. Jimmy Manyi, the multi-millionaire media mogul and party executive, says that ATM will “bring back hanging” if elected.

Addressing crowds in Emfuleni, Gauteng, Manyi moved onto the subject of crime and punishment – one that will always be a sore point in South Africa. He claimed that jail time isn’t tough enough for the worst offenders in this country, who soon get their freedom back.

Watch Jimmy Manyi call for the death penalty here

“We have to walk with them in the streets eventually, so for us, serial rapists and serial murderers must hang – this is our position.”

Jimmy Manyi on hanging

Casually, Manyi then segued into his opposition towards high taxation on individuals, tenuously linking the cost of keeping prisoners to the money citizens have to fork out to the state.

Who supports the death penalty in South Africa?

The three major parties – ANC, DA and EFF – have all rejected the notion of the death penalty in recent years. Julius Malema used to advocate hanging in his early days as EFF leader but he’s since climbed down from this view.

Meanwhile, the ATM join three other political parties contesting the 2019 Elections who also want to reintroduce the deterrent. The African Christian Democratic Party and the African Covenant have vowed to bring back the death penalty, whereas the Inkatha Freedom Party want to hold a referendum on the matter.

Does “hanging” get the voters onside?

Is there much appetite amongst the South African electorate for this hardline “eye-for-an-eye” stance? History would suggest not: There was one party who ran solely on the promise to re-introduce the death penalty. The inventively-named Pro-Death Penalty Party stood during the 2004 Elections.

They racked up less than 2 000 votes – which was 0.05% available for the Gauteng Legislature – and the party did not contest any further elections. Despite its flash-in-the-pan appeal, endorsing hanging doesn’t guarantee support.