Oscar sentence a sad day for women – women’s league

2014-10-21 12:06

The five-year jail sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius signalled a sad day for women in South Africa, the ANC Women’s League has said.

“We are saddened by the judgment ... we have never been happy with the conviction of culpable homicide, instead of murder,” league spokesperson Jacqui Mofokeng said outside court.

“We call for the national prosecutions to appeal this sentence ... and do it for our society.”

She said Pistorius could be out within 18 months.

“If he serves 18 months he could be out soon after that, while Reeva is not here ... women are saddened by this.”

Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius to five years in jail for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp.

For discharging a firearm at Tashas restaurant he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.

Both sentences would run concurrently.

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