executions in the world:

In 2024


2000 to present



  • Abolitionist
  • retentionist
  • De facto abolitionist
  • Moratorium on executions
  • Abolitionist for ordinary crimes
  • Committed to abolishing the death penalty


government: semi-presidential republic
state of civil and political rights: Partly free
constitution: 21 December 1979
legal system: mixture of Roman-Dutch and English common law
legislative system: bicameral Parliament consists of a Senate and a House of Assembly
judicial system: Supreme Court; Constitutional Court
religion: syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%
death row: 85 (as of 31 March 2018, according to official data)
year of last executions: 0-0-2003
death sentences:
executions: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty: