WTF: Oscar gets 6 Years
Jul07

WTF: Oscar gets 6 Years

High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered a much-needed reality check on the continued triumph of exceptionalism and white privilege in our society. The laughable six-year sentence she handed down to convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was a reminder of how inequality penetrates and impairs every aspect of our lives. Why should the showcase trial of South Africa’s former Olympic star be any different? Judge Masipa validated his...

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Oscar Pistorius released from South African prison, put under house arrest
Oct20

Oscar Pistorius released from South African prison, put under house arrest

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner who fatally shot his girlfriend in 2013, was released from prison and placed under house arrest on Monday night, a South African official said. “Oscar Pistorius was placed under correctional supervision tonight,” Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for South Africa’s correctional services department, said in a cellphone text message sent to journalists. Wolela cited...

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Oscar will not be wearing an ankle bracelet
Aug18

Oscar will not be wearing an ankle bracelet

Reeva Steenkamp’s killer, Oscar Pistorius, will not have to wear an electronic monitoring device when he is released from prison on Friday, the correctional services department has said “No, absolutely not,” spokesperson Logan Maistry said on Monday, when asked about the devices, which offenders usually wear around their ankles. The former Paralympic athlete will join about 3 400 people around the country who will be released...

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Oscar Pistorius could be out on parole in just a few months
May15

Oscar Pistorius could be out on parole in just a few months

According to Oscar Pistorius ’ lawyer, Rohan Kruger, the former athlete spends about 23 hours a day in the hospital wing of the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison and most of that time is spent reading the Bible and praying. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius claimed he mistook her for an intruder. Kruger told The Sunday Times that Pistorius...

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South Africa Shocked By Murder of National Soccer Captain
Oct28

South Africa Shocked By Murder of National Soccer Captain

South Africa’s national soccer goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead by burglars during a break-in, a killing that shocked the country and turned the spotlight once again on gun violence here. At an emotional news conference on Monday, Meyiwa’s colleagues paid tribute to the 27-year-old, who was hit by a single round in the chest on Sunday night as he confronted two intruders at the home of actress and...

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