oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Public attitudes towards the death penalty in South Africa: a life or death decision



In a social situation as complex and as violence-stricken as South-Africa's the death penalty has become an issue of major concern. Although recent legislative amendments made the death penalty no longer mandatory for murder without extenuating circumstances, and despite the present moratorium on hanging, the controversery surrounding the issue remains as substantial today as it was a decade or more ago.


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