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South Africa Stunned After Oscar Verdict is Given


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Reeva Steenkamp

After quite an emotional week for the country, with the Oscar Pistorius verdict, I’m hoping to simply wind down this weekend. I still don’t know what to believe. A lot of my friends overseas aren’t convinced he’s telling the truth. The papers here were critical of him being cleared. Reeva was in the industry I’m in, not to mention she was from my home town! It’s my aunt in the courtroom sitting next to her mother. Here are some interesting links for you:

Domestic Violence in South Africa

Oscar Pistorious Verdict Recap

Oscar Guilty of Manslaughter 

2 Comments

  • It has been world news, that’s for sure. Friends in Australia have been talking about it on Facebook, and here in Europe people are a bit cynical. In Northern Europe, (Particularly here in Copenhagen), guns are items that only hunters have, so the idea of what happened is inconcievable to many. So there is much suspicion over his actions.
    With so many strange things going on in the world at the moment (Isis, Ukraine and Israel/Palastine) this case is in the same bucket of things that just don’t make sense in the world.

    • I completely agree. It’s a truly peculiar and tragic case. I appreciated Judge Masipa’s calm demeanour while summing up both arguments & giving the verdict. I suppose it’s unusual for foreigners to watch because most have a jury system and here it is one woman in control. I’m with your stunned friends in Copenhagen. I’m not a fan of weapons in the home at all. I also have my suspicions about the whole thing. It’s my view that in a reasonable scenario you would definitely check in with the person lying in the bed next to you before doing a thing!

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