Mixed emotions ahead of Pistorius sentencing

2014-10-21 09:18
Journalists gather ahead of Oscar Pistorius's arrival at the North Gauteng High Court for sentencing. (Sapa)

Journalists gather ahead of Oscar Pistorius's arrival at the North Gauteng High Court for sentencing. (Sapa)

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Pretoria - There were mixed emotions from paralympian Oscar Pistorius's supporters on Tuesday, ahead of his sentencing in the North Gauteng High Court.

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"This morning there is quite a lot of anxiety and mixed emotions," supporter Kayla Nolan said.

"He must be pretty anxious this morning. To be honest, I am shittting my pants this morning for him, so I can't imagine how he must feel."

She said there was a lot of anxiety and mixed emotions from Pistorius's supporters and the prayer group for him.

Nolan has been in court a few times since the start of the trial.

The 19-year-old has often gone to greet Pistorius during lunch and tea breaks.

She said she is thankful for the athletes family.

"Thank the Lord that he has a great family support system."

Asked by a friend why media were interviewing her, Nolan said: "It's probably because I'm disabled."

Prisons activist

Prisoner rights activist Golden Miles Bhudu stood outside the court with chains shackled to his waist, wrists, and ankles. He wore an orange T-shirt with the words "DOC [Department of correctional services] prison work force" printed on the back.

"Why are certain offenders more equal than others," was written on one of the two placards he held.

"They say Oscar cries like a baby, screams like a woman, and shoots like a soldier," Bhudu said.

Veronica Theron from Pretoria North, achieved her dream of touching her hero on Thursday, and the short, salt and pepper haired 55-year-old was outside the court again on Tuesday to support Pistorius.

"I got up very early. The waiting is terrible," she said.

"I feel for Oscar. I think he must be going through hell, it must be terrible."

She said that when she met Pistorius in court last week, she told him she was thinking of him.

Theron said speaking to Reeva Steenkamp's family was emotional.

"I think both families are feeling it, especially today. Whatever happens, I support Oscar."

Theron was hoping the athlete would get community service.

Jub Jub case

"I think he should get 10 years in jail... Jub Jub [musician Molemo Maarohanye] and his friend are serving a sentence...the judge should do likewise," said Milton Sibusiso Ndimande who stopped by the court precinct on his way to work.

His friend Milton Zungu disagreed.

"Incarcerating him would put his profession in jeopardy. He needs to continue training and participate in sports. I think the judge should hand him a suspended sentence."

Millicent Mokgwe,18, said the court should support justice for abused women.

"The judge is a woman..she must come to the party. Whatever comes out at the end of the day. Justice should be served, please."

On 12 September, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the Valentine's Day 2013, shooting of his Steenkamp. The court found him not guilty of murdering her.

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