Death penalty returns to SA through mob murder – with spike in deaths due to blunt force injury, say doctors

The death penalty has returned to South Africa. Although outlawed by the Constitutional Court in its first judgement in 1995, the breakdown in policing in townships and informal settlements has seen a rise in vigilante ‘justice’. Today, the number of people suspected of crimes who are being killed in an arbitrary and brutal fashion is growing. Once again, public health workers find themselves on the frontline.