Originally posted on Astrology in Crime:
Salvaging the brand, BladeRunner…
South Africa abolished jury trials in 1969, while the country was under apartheid, due to fears of racial prejudice by white jurors. Judge Dunstan Mlambo, sitting at Pretoria High Court where Oscar Pistorius’ trial is due to begin on the 3rd March 2014, said that broadcasting the proceedings would go a long way to dispelling the perception that the ‘rich and poor’ were treated differently by the country’s justice system.
The court has allowed the installation of small, fixed cameras that will provide a live-broadcast of the lawyers’ opening and closing arguments, the evidence of experts plus the judgement and sentencing comments made by the trial judge.
In the early hours of 14 February 2013, Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door at his villa. Three of the bullets hit her, piercing her skull and shattering her right elbow and hip…
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Originally posted on africanwomanspeaks :
by Pearl Mashabane
I have been stewing in confusion and anger while watching CNN coverage of the much-anticipated trial of world famous paraolympian Oscar Pistorius, for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.
This past week while watching news, footage of black South-Africans hovering over crime scenes ‘graced’ the screen. This was followed by footage of a white jewellery storeowner talking about needing to get a gun because of rampant crime in the country. The following day’s news presented a white man heading a security institute being interviewed about his experiences with crime and the extreme security measures he takes to protect his home.
On both days, I initially mistook the coverage for a documentary about crime in South Africa; hence my shock every time I realized this was a preface by the upcoming Blade Runner’s murder trial.
I have experienced crime in South Africa and thus…
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