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    Botswana: Minister advocates more use of death penalty

    APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

    A senior member of the government in Botswana is advocating the frequent application of the death penalty against those convicted of gender-based violence, which is reportedly on the increase.

    Statements ascribed to Health Minister, Dorcus Makgato on Thursday quoted him saying people convicted of such violence should be sentenced to death in a bid to deter would-be perpetrators.

    Makgato further said cases of gender-based violence are on the rise in Botswana, requiring stiff laws that sanction offenders.

    His statement comes as Botswana joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women earlier this month. 

    Events marking the occasion began on November 25th and will last until 10th December.

    Botswana is one of the few democracies where the death penalty is still enforced usually over aggravated murders.

    Such a penalty is carried out by hanging.

    The last instance of death by hanging was in 2016.


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