The Oscar Pistorius trial is by far one of the biggest trials in South African history and has been making waves all around the world. Everybody has got an opinion on Oscar Pistorius. Everyone has an idea of what they think truly happened on the morning of the 14th of February 2013.
I remember stepping into work a few days before judge Masipa had handed over the verdict for the Oscar trial. My colleagues had literally split into two groups – some feeling remorse for Oscar Pistorius, while others felt nothing but anger, and even hatred, toward him.
On the 12th of September judge Masipa found Pistorius guilty of the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, and once again, emotions were on a high.
Yesterday saw Oscar return to court, but this time to fight a different battle – prison. I’m not a law expert, so I was extremely confused when Oscar’s defense team brought up a list of all the “good” he had done. And this is supposed to stop him from going to prison because...?
Oscar is not on trial because he is a bad person; he is on trial because he killed Reeva. I guess this is where my confusion sets in. What does a charity event he hosted years ago have to do with the murder of his girlfriend?
Today we heard the defense argue that Pistorius would not be able to survive in prison. Annette Vegeer (who also testified in favour of a suspended sentence in the Jub-Jub trial) took to the stand in favour of the defense, stating that prison “will only have a negative impact” on Oscar, and “in fact will place him in danger”. Some of the reasons include Oscar having to walk on concrete floors on his stumps and also the absence of rails in the showers.
As usual, Twitter has been abuzz with activity surrounding the Pistorius Trial.
Radio and television personality, @Sizwedhlomo, tweeted, “So basically, Oscar can’t go to prison because it would be inconvenient for him. Getting killed however, we didn’t consider the victim there.”
While @MissMadiba tweeted, “If #OscarPistorius could over-come a ‘dis-ability’, I don’t see why he cannot over-come overcrowding in prison. Its do-able #OscarTrial.”
Proceedings for Oscars sentencing is expected to last for most of, if not the entire, week.