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Oscar Pistorius: Friend or foe?

06 May 2014, 08:51

FROM GLITTERATI BOY TO HOI POLLOI

After almost two weeks of silence with nothing going on in the Pretoria high court that is at all worth following as the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is worth staying up to date with, I enthusiastically jumped into the pool of fiery comments in relation to the very first article posted on this here News24 website on May 5, 2014. These days I even abstain from scrolling through the minute by minute updates as I’ve so eagerly done in the teenage days of this trial as the comments seems to be more vindictive than Gerrie Nel himself. As the case is approaching maturity though it is rapidly becoming something like an episode of days of our lives, seasoned with its daily dose of a muvhango mix. I’m almost certain muvhango also refers to the Venda word meaning in total disarray: I stand corrected on this assumption though. However it may be, the white minority or Afrikaners speaking populace of sunny South Africa has a rather suitable saying in referencing a muvhango by simply calling it a “deurmekaar gemors”, for as this trial matures the more of a muvhango it becomes.

JUDGE… JURY… EXCECUTIONER…

Now this is very interesting: The one thing that stood out very clear to me throughout all the comments is that most South Africans seem like a bunch of self-righteous bigots, for since this case hit the newsstands our self-righteousness has in a sense turned parody towards the once golden boy of athletics by reducing him to the mere ashes of a has-been sport-star.

From the start however I should mention that I am not in the least a Mr. Pistorius fan or supporter, nor will I ever be one. If this individual of past prominence did indeed kill Reeva Steenkamp with the least bit of pre-meditation, he should certainly pay his dues. However, all that happened on February 14, 2013, as described by Oscar Pistorius, could indeed simply have been a tragic, yet severe accident in mistaking Ms. Steenkamp for that now infamous intruder. It’s a grinding shame though that South Africans have already found Oscar guilty based on their own self-righteous assumptions. What if a sibling of ours dies at our own hands as a result of a tragic mistake we make while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and a country and her people points the finger of judgment and condemnation in our very faces although they have no idea of what really happened and simply came to their conclusions from media reports.

LETTING IT RIP WITH BLACK TALONS

Shockingly Oscar Pistorius, once our friend now turned foe, let a closed door have it with a blindly fired burst of black talon ammunition. Shocking should not even be used to describe actions such as these; appalling seems a more fitting term in this instance given the fact that a human being, aka intruder, was behind the closed door and he should, regardless of this being a possible accident, be reprimanded harshly: either being it a jail term or a prepper of corpses in a mortuary of choice with a sentence of community service. My only concern in writing this article however is to point to the fact that South Africans are very quick to criticize and pass judgment, yet our very own life’s sometimes portrays one of complete shambles and disasters.

SAY NOT NAY…

Oh nay I hear thou say, for South Africa intelligently and logic mindedly formed valid opinions based on past Oscar Pistorius posts.

I totally support anybody forming valid opinions from what's happening in court and how Oscar went about testifying in his own defense. That is valid opinions. Before this muvhango went to court however people have already condemned him and found him guilty of murder; based on their own 'intelligently logically formed opinions', based mostly on what the media reported and through television and the newsstands. Now I say nay; for coming to conclusions about something we know nothing about in the first place are a grinding shame and a severe injustice to any accused. That is not a coincidence however for deeply instilled and produced from within the human psyche a fountain of deadliest venom eagerly squirts from the confines of the heart.

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