Did Judge Masipa get it oh so wrong?

First Published in Bona, January 2015

Last year’s trial of Oscar Pistorious for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp left us all with many questions.

Many of these questions related to the what exactly happened that fateful night on Valentine’s Day 2013 when South African Olympian, Oscar, shot four bullets into the door of the small bathroom of his Tshwane home, that model and upcoming TV personality Reeva was in.

But perhaps the biggest question of the trial has been about the judgement and sentence that judge Thokozile Masipa handed down to the paraplegic athlete.

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The New Freedom Charter

This past weekend the ANC’s 103 anniversary statement emphasised the spirit of the Freedom Charter 60 years after its penning. In my last City Press column of 2014 I penned some thoughts for a new Charter I hope might be crafted soon…

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