Mixed reactions to Grace Mugabe’s ‘behead rapists’ call


FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe’s calls to have rapists beheaded have generated heated debate on social media platforms with some people saying capital punishment should not be allowed in a modern democracy.

Senior Reporter

Addressing guests at the World Blood Donor Day commemorations in Chinhoyi on Saturday, Mugabe said rapists should be beheaded because they caused permanent trauma in their victims.

In a response posted on NewsDay’s Facebook account, Nokuthula Banda said beheading convicts was a thing of the dark ages.

“That is just stupid. We no longer live in the dark ages. What if someone is falsely accused and falsely sentenced then that is an innocent life lost? I am sure a jail sentence is punishment enough.”

Takaindisa Chivasa concurred saying: “And if a person is wrongfully accused and convicted? How do I get my life back?”

Another reader, who only identified himself as James, added: “God giveth life and He takes it as well, so no man has a right to take life.”

On the other hand, there were those who said capital punishment was the only effective deterrent against rape.

Noel Nkomo challenged those against the death sentence saying: “Wait until you are raped and say it again.”

Another NewsDay reader, Addington John, said: “Don’t worry, you will understand when it happens to your own daughter then you can tell us how you want the rapist to be judged?”

There were others, however, who said while the death sentence could be harsh, they would rather have castration as an alternative for rapists.

John Mashambe said: “Kill the [culprits]! For the first time, I agree with her [Grace Mugabe]. Women are human beings and deserve to be treated as such. Maybe if capital punishment is too much, let’s opt for cutting off the male organ.”


  1. If my daughter is raped I’d rather have the rapist hanged but if my son rapes, it is a different story, so I would advocate for the status qo.

    • ᴍʏ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ’s sᴛᴇᴘ-sɪsᴛᴇʀ ᴍᴀᴋᴇs $82 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ . Sʜᴇ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ғᴏʀ 7 ᴍᴏɴᴛʜs ʙᴜᴛ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʜᴇʀ ᴘᴀʏ ᴡᴀs $14747 ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ғᴏʀ ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ʜᴏᴜʀs. ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʜᴇʀᴇ……….


      • ᴍʏ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅ’s sᴛᴇᴘ-sɪsᴛᴇʀ ᴍᴀᴋᴇs $82 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ . Sʜᴇ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ғᴏʀ 7 ᴍᴏɴᴛʜs ʙᴜᴛ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʜᴇʀ ᴘᴀʏ ᴡᴀs $14747 ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ғᴏʀ ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ʜᴏᴜʀs. ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʜᴇʀᴇ……….


    • kikiki i like your coment.but amai apa vakaresva kutaura apa shows disrespect of the rule of law apa .ndatizive our titles before saying something in public murimai venyika imi ambuya

  2. Suppose her beloved son Russell Goreraza is convicted of rape. Mbuya Grace would be the last person to advocate for capital punishment on rapists.

    • Chief Mola true she would be the last person to advocate for capital punishment on rapists if it is her son as you say but what if it is her son who raped your daughter how would you take it yourself?

  3. Considering that our learned judges can wrongly convict people, the current punishment is fine. Should those who ‘rape’ their wives be beheaded as well never mind those prostitutes who report false rape in a bid to fix the client for refusing to pay. Or should this apply to rape of minors only. The broader picture was not considered before making these populist & unfortunate comments

  4. That will be the easiest way to kill tSVangIRAI. Get a Zpf whore to allege rape and leave the rest to the hangman.

  5. Capitol punishment is a deterent enough to the rapists,murderers etc.Hakuna munhu anopiwa conviction on false allegations.

  6. Rapists are cruel beings imagine an adult raping a 3 months old baby and you say Grace is wrong rapists must be hanged period izvo zvekuti wrongly accused zvakadhakwa not all pple who commits murder are hanged . Dont think she was saying all people who rape must be hanged musavenge amai nekuti ndeveZANU rapists are evil beings


  8. Can the death penalty extend to those who evict families from their homes and cause children to sleep on the side of the road .???

    that would be justice neh????

  9. steviebiko unopenga go to prison and ask so many people are serving for things they didnt do
    if you want i can give you ma life stories not fiction

    • Its true Johngorowa, if steviebiko is so ignorant then we will give him/her real life stories where people were convicted on false allegations. If you cant express yourself in court and have no money know it that you can be charged and convicted on any false allegations laid against you.

  10. The nation stinks with these populist rape statements, what about baby dumping and the so called infanticide – which is good as murder and we all concentrate on this trash of forced intercourse without worrying about the innocent lives lost through these evil acts committed by women. All things being equal women who abort, dump babies should also be hanged, period.

  11. Hmmmmmm what should we do about the “permanent trauma” the First Lady and yours truly Baba Chatunga have caused us since 1980. hmmmmm

  12. I think we should properly at the circumstances in which the rape case was committed because in some cases if one fails to pay a prostitute the same prostitute goes to file a rape case and that client is beheaded

  13. i think its too much for one to behead off after commited such crime.it seem thats not demecracy and whats if an innocent one being accused for what he did not commit then later discover that its an fabricated story what would you do.

    i sense it could be a hash penalty

  14. AMAI MUGABE is a woman who talks sense , the problem is that many people are jealous of her status in society thats why they dont see the sense in her words . Wait until you are raped and then you will understand the sense in her words .

    • who are the many pple u referring to,wat sense does cm out of her xcept her usual garbage?let her tok abt the countless murderous in her beloved party who take away lives of innocent pple for choosing to differ wt her criminal cartel called zanupf

  15. while i do not condone the behaviour of rapists and or sex offenders i think their sentences must be based on legal debate structure and direction. i always find it odd that a person who has caused the loss of life can get a sentence like L Kutsorera gets 2yrs in jail 100 dollar fine or dudu mahenga, not sure what her sentence was but she is scot free while mr millward remains very dead and miss jazz sensation 200 dollars lighter then attempted murderers like pride mpofu who stabbed someone in the chest get six years for their crimes.meanwhile it is almost unheard off to hear of a rapist getting anything less than a double digit sentence. again i do not condone any shape or form of rape be it a 6 yr old child or 70 yr old grandmother or even my 22yr old sister but are we saying this crime surpasses human life all im saying is if a rapist can get 290 yrs then surely one who takes human life or even attempts to take one must get a much stiffer sentence

  16. Which women are talking about? Vanogeza vakahwanda here vopfeka vakahwanda vobuda vakashama????????? What of thse that are falsley accussed??? What of those woman vakurepawo varume??? Haa? rapping its a problem but hey chiiko chinenge chamboitika pane avo vakaroorana wonzwa achinzi akarepa mkadzi wake? Ihave never rapped and will never attempt to coz I value those woman and am law abidding citizen bt are we protecting our people, our children or we always react kwaita problem?????

  17. True God gives and takes life,but these people ruin people ‘s lives. I was raped as a child n 25 years on,the wounds are still as fresh,im scared of the idea of a relationship cos even the thought of sleeping with someone brings all the memories. My life was taken by this excuse for a human being. IM a Christian and believe in forgiveness and wouldn’t want to see someone killed but i have moments that i wish the guy and his like would have their lives destroyed just like they destroy other’s. Most of them go scot free and even brag about what they have done and really how do you justify raping a toddler? Of course there are some innocent people but majority of the accused are actual culprits and if the lawmen are doing their jobs properly,dna can provide evidence. Although i wouldn’t advocate for taking a life but as a victim i say if the other victims or the state feels corporal punishment is the way,so be it.

  18. As far as I know the first family so called the Mugabes they are good at making eratic and nasty decisions. In Zimbabwe we have constitutional law that we execute when someone is found guilty of rape case. The law will take its course.
    GRACE proved that she is not educated. She must learn how to control her emotions when presenting a public speech. People must not take such misleading statement serious. She cannot impose her law simply because she is President, s wife. We all condemn rapists. We all feel for the victims and parents. Above all we are a law abiding nation.

  19. I see nothing wrong with her statement, how can you be accused by 5 year old kuti warepa, for instance in this case of child who should have her womb removed, put your self in her shoes and parents shoes and ask them how they feel. Maybe makangovengawo Amai, maybe dai zvataurwa namahuman rights lawyers you will be supporting. Vese vanorepa vana ngavagurwe musoro.

  20. Women open their mouths so wide when it comes to issues associated with such abuses as if themselves are clean, some men are suffering silently out of sheer shyness but being abused by these women,but nowadays the pivot has actually tilted so badly to the other side, “Women Rapists”, who are notoriously preying men for their semen for reasons best known by the devil means must also be beheaded.

    Furthermore, who ever brought the the issue of “Women and Gender, and Girl Child”, though not bad brewed confusion and tantamount to oppose God himself,as the issue is now being misinterpreted by others to the extreme negative that it is now a declaration of war against men. Its not surprising very soon kuzonzwa kuti murume aendeswa kuCourt nemukadzi zvichinzi arikuramba kuti ndimbokwiravo pamusoro,kkkkk!

    Ko vakadzi vakaita seuya aibikira murume wake Tea yakasanganiswa neWeti.

    As we speak, kune varume varikuchengeteswa vana vasiri vavo, zvokuti dei maPaternity tests aiitwa senge zvirikuitwa kuHIV,dzimba zhinji dzinopara, nokuti vakadzi ivava sokufukidza kwavakaita misoro yavo nemaWeave, ndiko kuviga kwavanoita mamwe maSecrets.

    Capital Punishment is too harsh because the person will die anyway shall be cast in hell justifiably by God himself if he/she does not repent.

  21. are you saying a locally societal sharia model has prophetessed this sort of contradictory culture or whats going on boys?

    what will you do about existing mountain cult smallhousing beneficiation modules of midnight “checking of the walls”?
    i was just thinkin of possible side effects at tsvomana later comprehension level you know.

    how about someone being urged to think about building a halfway madzibabanage where all like that can hang in there without mixing things in the ring here.
    bloodcurdling ends do not justify extreme belief means !!

  22. Nesuwo varume tavakutopenga, why do we rape? Instead of kutuka Amai and disrespecting our women’s views, Why? Why? WHY? Toddlers, young children, very old gogos, There are a lot of willing mature women out there. However, hakuchina sex yemahara, we must remember to pay whether muwanano, murudo kana pachifambi. Its now $$-denominated.Ukaramba kubhadhara yatova rape. Mubate ipapo vana Chitova naana Mukoma Stewart.

  23. She z a mother of sons and a daughter so i wld assume she knows pretty well wat lies ahead. Theres however the ignored part of ths crime tht whch involves female perpetrators. Nobody seems to see women as victors i donno y,ofcourse the law speaks of indecent assault bt truth b told when ever theres a sexual act the end result z the same irregardless of who initiated. All tht having bn said 4 rape i think capital z a bit too much coz they are worser crimes out there. If u behead the perpetrator does tht bring back anything?

  24. Nei vanhu vachida kungonzi vanofunga ivo vasingafunge?Lifetime truma arimpenyu hake,vanhu vangani vasina vabereki coz they were murdered.so y not giv murderers that harsh sentence.ndian asti ambotadzira mumwe munhu,pple shud jus learn to forgiv kwete kungot wako mwana haasat arepwa,u think hatina isu,iye mwanakomana wake arikuziva zvaarikuiita??
    Mwari chaiye anopa lyf yacho haadaro,who a u to say sum1 must b killed wausina kupa hupenyu,Isnt he sum1’s child as yoz.
    Makore acho anofanira kutodzikiswa,evrybody deserves a second.
    The whole nation z even suffering coz of selfish corrupt leadership cozin lifetime trauma varikutongwa nani????

  25. Ishe Jesu vanoti ,Kana paine mumwe wenyu asina kumbotadza pamuri apa ngaatake chifeve zvake nemabwe.Pakashaya kana one akasimudza dombo!!!!

  26. This coming from the foul crevice of a creature who steals and enriches herself and her rats nest! She has got jokes and can never be taken seriously! It is time the rats nest and their litter were cleaned out and put where they belong!

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