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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

Alan Dershowitz: ‘An unworthy set of reflexive assumptions?’

Watch the broadcast of Dershowitz's statements, and the responses by both Morgan and University of Cape Town academic Kelly Phelps on Media Club South...

Assessors can decide verdict on facts at Pistorius trial

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.

Media freedom is evolving

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is setting a precedent when it comes to press coverage of a criminal trial: never before has there been such interest in a court matter in South Africa. That reporters are allowed to live tweet from court, that cameras are allowed to film in the court building are big steps towards a more transparent, freer media.

Alan Dershowitz: ‘An unworthy set of reflexive assumptions?’

At the start of the Oscar Pistorius trial, celebrity US lawyer Alan Dershowitz suggested on CNN that Pistorius would not get justice as South Africa was a "failed state", and the trial "racial". Simon Barber, Brand South Africa's country manager for the US, wrote this open letter to Dershowitz in response.

Pistorius gun ownership

It is not easy to own a gun in South Africa

At the heart of the Firearms Control Act is the protection of the constitutional right to life and bodily integrity. This means that getting a licence to own a gun is an arduous undertaking; it is not given lightly. But it's a process gun enthusiasts like Oscar Pistorius are willing to go through, more than once.

The impact of the Oscar Pistorius trial on Brand South Africa and its global...

 By Miller MatolaThe high profile murder trial of South Africa’s blade runner, Oscar Pistorius, is shining a global spotlight not only on the athlete...

Trial gives us a rare chance to re-examine our humanity

The high-profile murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ultimately puts South Africa’s brand reputation on centre stage, writes Miller Matola. The Sunday Independent March 9 2014....

FAQs on the Oscar Pistorius trial

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.

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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