CURRENTLY, knighthoods cannot be removed posthumously.
However, in the unique case of sir Jimmy Savile, who has been accused of abusing dozens of victims over decades, there has been increasing public demand to make an exception.
The NSPCC has already put its weight behind the move.
A spokesman said: ‘It’s clear he was not the man people thought they knew when he was knighted”.
A cabinet office spokesman countered: “It’s a living order and then you cease to be a member when you die. There isn’t an honour to revoke”.
However, many southsiders believe an exception should be made in the former TV host’s case and that he should be publicly renounced.
Govanhill pair Elizabeth Brown (54) and Frances McLintock (61) both agree there is no option but for the honour to be stripped.
Mrs Brown told The Extra: “Anything that can bring any small comfort to the victims’ families must be done”.
Mrs McLintock added: “He should have been made to answer for his actions while he was still alive. I wasn’t surprised to hear the news, there always seemed like there was something odd about him”
Douglas Kettings, a 60-year-old shopping in Shawlands, believes the knighthood should be removed — but only if the accusations can be proved.
He said: “The people who have stayed silent all these years must also be tried. Witnesses should have said something so Jimmy Savile could have been held to account while he was alive.
“I think they might have a hard time proving anything, unfortunately”.
Bobby Cruicshank — a 22-year-old student from Shawlands — told The Extra: “The victims deserve justice in whatever way possible. It doesn’t matter what the precedent is, the knighthood should be publicly removed”.
Grace McKend and Mary Martin from Thornliebank are both outraged.
Mrs McKend (67) said: “It is absolutely shocking and Buckingham Palace must come out to publicly distance themselves from him”.
Mrs Martin (62) added: “I don’t know why more hasn’t been done already. Heads should roll at the BBC”.
However, Shawlands shopper Robert Carnochan thinks it’s too late.
The 62-year-old said: “He (Savile) can’t answer anything and can’t be punished so an investigation would have no benefit whatsoever.
“Also, if victims begin to seek compensation, then there will be a lot of chancers who try and make claims”.