Instead of relying on a jury of peers, the South African justice system makes provision for assessors. They are highly skilled, legally trained people selected by the judge, if he or she feels the need. In the Oscar Pistorius trial, there are two assessors, who may overrule the judge on a verdict when it comes to the facts of the case.
The chief investigating officer in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial is veteran cop Lt-General Vineshkumar Moonoo, a detective with the South Africa Police Service for the past 29 years.
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.
What happens if Oscar Pistorius is found guilty of premeditated murder? What is the maximum sentence he can expect to receive? Here are answers to these questions and more.
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.
The Oscar Pistorius trial has focused attention on South Africa's justice system. Here is a guide to how this Roman-Dutch Law-based system prosecutes and punishes criminals.
Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, set to start on Monday 3 March, is a landmark case for the media. A groundbreaking court ruling makes it the first time in South African history a criminal trial will be broadcast live on TV, instantly streamed via audio apps, and live-tweeted to the world.
A Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller 'Four Corners', directed by South African director Ian Gabriel, is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars. Filmed on the Cape Flats using members of the community as well as professional actors, the film has been selected as the official South African submission at the 86th Academy Awards.
After a series of dreadful acts of violence against children in some of South Africa's poorest communities, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, head of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, has launched We Will Speak Out, a campaign to support survivors of sexual violence.