Very few South African court cases have managed to get the kind of media attention that the Oscar Pistorius case did in 2014. The case managed to create and attract a lot of controversies as well. The judge delivered a verdict that Oscar was not guilty of murder but guilty of homicide and reckless weapon handling. The defendant received a sentence of a maximum of five years and a concurrent three years suspended sentence or the separate reckless gun handling conviction.
The reason the case managed to attract a lot of media attention was precisely because of both Oscar and his late model girlfriend’s (whom he had shot dead and the reason the trial was happening) public statuses. Before the incident, the couple was the envy of many young people around the world. In February of the same year, Steenkamp (the model’s girlfriend’s name) was shot dead by Oscar in his Pretoria home. In his argument, Oscar was saying that he shot her mistaking her for an intruder. After the incident, he was arrested and formally charged with murder.
The High Court in Pretoria had also rules that only selected parts of the trial could be broadcast on television. However, it allowed the entire trial proceedings to be recorded in audio format. Only the closing and opening ceremonies, testimonies of consenting witnesses, judgement and sentencing were allowed for video recording.
Brenda Wardle is a South African global renowned legal analyst. In her career, she has been able to produce analysis for top global and South African court cases. During the Oscar Pistorius case, she was a regular analyst both in the local and global platforms.
Wardle has three law degrees and is currently registered for a Doctors of Laws degree with the University of South Africa. She has also published very many articles in the South African Law Journal which have been read widely. She has appeared in numerous prime-time television interviews being interviewed by the creme de la creme in legal affairs.
Brenda has been very actively involved in writing that is not also limited to law journals and newspapers. She has in the past also written content that has been embraced and used by the South African procurement sector. She has a gift when it comes to analyzing law matters and has written a book on the Pistorius case that was and is being received by many very warmly.
Wardle discusses Pistorius Case