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Gerrie Nel: the victims’ advocate

As the Oscar Pistorius trial unfolds, the players in the courtroom drama are taking their place on the stage. Advocate Gerrie Nel's role is to advocate for the victim, Reeva Steenkamp, and he is bringing his three decades of experience to the fore.

Judge Thokozile Masipa: reserved and astute

Presiding over the Oscar Pistorius trial, Judge Thokozila Masipa has a reputation for handing down stiff sentences for violent crimes. She has remained unfazed by media attention through a number of precedent-setting trials.

Oscar and the photo of the witness

The trial of Oscar Pistorius is precedent-setting, not least for the amount of international attention it is getting. On a real and practical level, it offers the space for the media and the justice system to redefine the margins of what is, and what is not permissible.

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