Prison sentence shouldn’t be a honeymoon

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REFILWE MEKOA

The Free State department of roads, police and transport MEC, Butana Komphela, said prison sentence shouldn’t be a honeymoon.
Komphela explained that there should be no equal human rights to criminals because they limit people’s human rights once they commit crime. He said most people question why prisoners receive three meals a day, have a bed to sleep in and access to a television. Komphela believed that parole conditions are very lenient to harsh criminals. He said the country should forget about parole if a person is sentenced for life.

Komphela clarified that the country will never go back to the death penalty, but also snubbed Judge Thokozile Masipa, stating that he was unhappy about convicted prisoners having their sentences cut short.

“You must remember the resources go into investigating cases by bringing in experts from everywhere to assist with a case. They do everything that is needed, day in and day out, following-up on investigations. When we end up having a docket, we have a winnable case. Those investigators don’t sleep, they work tirelessly, drive long distances to get any information that might help us. Then someone comes with a pen in hand and gives a sentence of five years, while someone else has been killed in cold blooded murder,” he said.

Meanwhile, Komphela explained that there has been a lead in the murder case of the University of Free State student found dead two weeks ago. The twenty-two year old Sinethemba Shezi’s body was found floating in a river in Qwaqwa. Komphela added that they have clues that prove that Shezi might have been killed by Lesotho citizens.

He expressed the importance of profiling foreigners so that whenever they commit a crime they can easily be arrested.