Media goes mad for verdict as questions are raised

2014-09-12 00:00

WITHIN three hours of the start of the Oscar Pistorius case yesterday the verdict reading topped world news.

MD of social media monitoring company ROi Africa, Tonya Khoury, said coverage of the case was more than double when the court adjourned at 2.30 pm yesterday, compared to its previous high, when Gerrie Nel cross examined Oscar. More than 300 000 reports were filed in less than eight hours yesterday.

Social media was abuzz when judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the court early. Several tweets referred to Masipa’s “cliffhanger” as the world waits with bated breath for her verdict today.

Constitutional expert Pierre de Vos echoed a tweet by blogger Tracey Nixon to say the one conclusion which should not be reached — that it is okay to shoot someone through a closed door — is unfortunately the one conclusion that is being made.

He warned people that they could criticise the verdict and the application of the law, but should not attack Judge Masipa.

Former Miss SA Jo-Anne Strauss tweeted how Reeva Steenkamp’s parents would never know the joy of being grandparents.

Secretary of former president Nelson Mandela, Zelda la Grange, tweeted that she thinks Masipa had a wonderful strategy, predicting the media will now focus on reporting her conclusions, and not just on her verdict.

Television presenter Katlego Maboe tweeted it was sad that only one person knew what really happened that night.

On a lighter note, the parody Twitter profile @Coachdivvy tweeted court had adjourned so that advocate Barry Roux could celebrate earning R50 000 without saying a word.

Radio presenter Eusebius McKaiser tweeted Oscar is obviously going to be found guilty of culpable homicide, there being too many reasonable ways in which he could have neutralised the (perceived) threat.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted early yesterday he thought Pistorius would walk free based on what judge Masipa was saying at that stage.

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