The five judges who will decide Oscar's fate

By Hilda Van Dyk
03 November 2015

After today a full bench of judges will decide on Oscar Pistorius’ future.

Advocate Gerrie Nel, for the state, and Advocate Barry Roux, for Oscar will put their cases to five judges at the Appeal Court in Bloemfontein today.

The senior judge, who will sit in the middle of the five judges, is Lex Mpati, president of the Appeal Court of South Africa and chancellor of Rhodes University in Grahamstown. The other judges are Nonkosi Mhlantla, Lorimer Leach, Steven Majiedt and Elizabeth Baardman.

Oscar Pistorius  sits in the dock during his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 6 May 2014. PHOTO: Mike Hutchings/Reuters/Pool Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 6 May 2014. PHOTO: Mike Hutchings/Reuters/Pool

Mhlantla was one of the Appeal Court judges who in 2010 found that it was an aggravating factor to rape a woman without wearing a condom.

It was the first time the Appeal Court had sent the message to the country’s courts that rape without a condom was an aggravating factor and therefor grounds for a minimum sentence of life in jail for rape.

In 2004 Majiedt was one of the International Cricket Council’s team that investigated racism in the sport in Zimbabwe.

It’s expected that Nel and Roux will argue their cases all day, after which the judges will reserve judgment.

It can take between a week and a month before they deliver a judgment, which is always written.

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