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2016-06-15 20:25

The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp has become a matter of one side trying to outdo the other with dramatic gestures.
Barry Roux had Pistorius walk across the courtroom on his stumps, causing some of the elderly ladies in the public gallery, who were there to show their support for the former Paralympian, to start sobbing.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Judge Thokozile Masipa for an order allowing six photos of the gunshot wounds Pistorius inflicted on Reeva Steenkamp to be made public.
Nel called for the court to send Pistorius to jail for a minimum of 15 years while Roux emphasised his client's vulnerability and spoke out against the "sustained campaign of misinformation" against him.
See all our content on the case here

News24 invited several learners from around the country to spend Wednesday with us, in the run-up to nationwide commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising.
We also asked several scholars from high schools in Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State to write essays on what their generation’s biggest struggles are, which we will share with you on Thursday, June 16

Keep an eye on News24 on Thursday for all the great content

In international news, a Baptist preacher has sparked uproar for praising the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead and scores injured as "great". See more about thathere

And in a column on the tragedy, Simon Williamson writes: we go to gay bars to get away from the rest of you, so the weekend’s shooting in Orlando was an assault on our places.

Gupta-owned Oakbay Resources and Energy’s share price has plummeted by over 90% on the JSE after hackers shut down the company’s websites. The company later responded to the attack and acknowledged that it was targeted.  

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has shown no sympathy for convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius.

Legendary Springbok centre Danie Gerber says the players are to blame for the fiasco against Ireland at Newlands.

Sometimes local celebs fight because of a stray tweet sent in anger and sometimes they fight for a worthy charity like in the case of Siv Ngesi and Ryan Botha. The pair are going head to head, in a boxing match, on Wednesday, 15 June at the Fire and Ice hotel in Cape Town in aid of Grassroots Youth Development a charity organisation which began in 2007 under the name Grassroots Boxing Academy.

The Foo Fighters are suing insurers for failing to reimburse them for European shows they cancelled following the Paris terrorist attacks in November. The suit, filed on Monday in federal court in Los Angeles against underwriters with Lloyd's of London and loss adjuster Robertson Taylor, alleges the band headed by Dave Grohl is owed for shows they called off in Turin, Italy; Paris and Lyon in France; and Barcelona.

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