Small group of Oscar Pistorius supporters singing in the rain

2016-06-13 08:13
Tokelo Afrika (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Tokelo Afrika (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - A small group of Oscar Pistorius supporters is singing and dancing outside the High Court in Pretoria ahead of sentencing proceedings for the former paralympian and convicted murderer.

Tokelo Afrika from the South African Prisoners Unemployed Political Party said they felt Pistorius has served enough time behind bars.

"We support Oscar through thick and thin. We believe whatever he told the court was true," he said.

"Oscar Pistorius has done so much for this country. We are not saying he is not guilty of killing someone, but he only did that because he believed there was an intruder in his house."

He called on South Africans to rally behind Pistorius.

"We are pleading with the whole country to rally behind him because he managed to bring so many gold medals into this country. We believe it was a small mistake which can't be used to make him a bad person. We also don't believe he is a criminal," he added.

Activity

There was a hive of activity outside court with broadcasters setting up from early in the morning to record his arrival at court.

The cold and rainy weather did not deter journalists, with many carrying out their duties with umbrellas in hand, as curious members of the public wanted to know what was happening in court.

Pistorius's sentencing procedures have been set down for a week before Judge Thokozile Masipa.

In October 2014, Masipa sentenced him to five years behind bars after finding him guilty of culpable homicide.

The National Prosecuting Authority approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to argue that he should have been found guilty of murder.

Pistorius was released on October 19 last year, to serve out the rest of his sentence under correctional supervision at his uncle Arnold’s house. He had spent nearly a year in Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

On December 3 last year, the SCA overturned his culpable homicide conviction, and replaced it with the more serious one of murder. It sent the matter back to the high court to determine an appropriate sentence.

The SCA found Masipa committed an error in law by incorrectly applying the principles of dolus eventualis when she found him guilty of culpable homicide.

Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four times through the locked door of the toilet in his Silver Woods Country Estate home in the early hours of February 14, 2013. He claimed he thought there was an intruder behind the door and that Reeva was still in bed.


(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)


(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)


(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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