The first person to tell Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that Judge Thokozile Masipa had made a mistake in the Oscar Pistorius judgment was her daughter, Wenzile.
Madonsela, an advocate, revealed this during an address at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Law Professions Day cocktail function in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.
“I can recall that when Judge Thokozile Masipa issued her gracefully delivered judgment on the Oscar Pistorius matter, the person who immediately called me to give me a summary of the judgment and offer a strong opinion regarding why the judgment wrongly applied the principal of dolus eventualis, was my daughter,” Madonsela said.
“She was doing her second year LLB studies at the time. The SCA agreed with her and so has the Constitutional Court recently.”
Judge Masipa convicted the former Paralympian of culpable homicide for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2014.
The culpable homicide conviction was overturned for a stronger conviction of murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in December in Bloemfontein.
The Constitutional Court dismissed Pistorius’s appeal against his conviction.
He is currently out on R10,000 bail and is expected back in court on April 18 where Judge Masipa is expected to deliver the sentence for murder.