It seems logical to me to have some deterrant in a would-be perpetrators mind. Example, a burglar finds himself in a bedroom occupied by a couple. He can run away and leave, or he can rape and murder. If there is a penalty attached to the latter, he might think twice. How many hundreds of thousands of lives are potentially saved by this 'thought deterant'? In South Africa, we are crazy to treat some of the most uncivilised and brutal criminals with such moral decency. It's a joke.