Ncube Proposes Castrating Men Convicted of Rape

SWAPO Member of Parliament Alexia Ncube has suggested that men who are convicted of gender-based violence (GBV) be “chemically castrated” in order to protect society from individuals she described as ‘monsters’.

The lawmaker made this appeal in the National Assembly on Tuesday during a debate on gender-based violence.

“Enough is enough and I therefore take the liberty, as a concerned citizen, to propose that men who commit gender-based violence – be it rape, passion killing or assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm – be outrightly chemically castrated,” Ncube said.

According to her, “chemical castration will reduce the libido and therefore reduce sexual fantasies”.

“Perhaps (this way) they will learn”.

The parliamentarian said women who commit GBV should also be punished for their actions.

“Those individuals are [nothing] but monsters who do not observe the rights of other people to life nor do they have respect for life,” she said.

She said society must deny rights to people she described as anarchist because they are undermining the values and tenets for which they waged the liberation struggle.

Ncube’s suggestion comes after the media reported more than 10 cases of women who lost their lives at the hands of their lovers and partners so far this year.

“This is alarming and scary in what is supposed to be a peaceful country,” she said.

The politician urged young people to stop being involved in cohabitation relationships.

“They must get married instead of enjoying the privileges of marriage without subscribing to the ideals and values of marriage,” she said.

The motion, which was introduced by CoD of Namibia president Ben Ulenga, discussed the causes of violence against women and also comes about a month after the government went on its knees in prayer against the escalating violence in response to a call by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

Several MPs believe there is a serious need for moral education among Namibians, especially the youth.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said there is a need for communities to be involved in nurturing young people and that task should not be left to the parents alone.

She said there is a need to go back to the traditional set-up where people gather at night to discuss life issues and how to solve them.

Minister of Justice Utoni Nujoma agreed saying there is need to focus on the upbringing of families instead of blaming laws which he described as being “comprehensive already”.

He said they will look at the law as per recommendations by cabinet but “there are no gaps in the law”.

“Laws are being put into practice. The focus should be on social work in our societies,” Nujoma said.

Participating in the same debate in February, Minister of Defence Nahas Angula suggested that there should be a compulsory compensation requirement for the family of the suspect to pay the family of the deceased.

Ulenga, as the initiator of the motion, suggested that a parliamentary committee should be set up to come up with recommendations for the upcoming national conference on gender-based violence which is scheduled to take place in the next few months.

Source : The Namibian