Reeva Steenkamp supporters lose hope after judgement

By Drum Digital
11 September 2014

What started as a morning full of hope turned into one filled with moments of jitters at the North Gauteng High Court, where the Oscar Pistorius judgement heard his fate on Thursday.

By Thembisile Makgalemele

The tension at the court was palpable.

Just before 9am, supporters of Reeva Steenkamp were hopeful that Oscar Pistorius was going down the jail cells for killing her.

"We are hoping for justice and we are very confident in our justice system," commented ANC Women's league Gauteng spokesperson Jacqui Mofokeng minutes before she walked into court. But three hours later Judge Thokozile Masipa had turned the mood in a very dramatic fashion.

She slowly and calmly read her verdict between sips of water and breaks. "The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," she stated. His argument of his fear of an intruder is plausible," she continued.

As people broke for lunch, they wondered if Oscar would walk home a free man. "I don't agree with some of the things she said," an unidentified court attendee.

"I don't see how she can give a sentence of 15-years after what she said," he added.

Reeva's friend Marc Bachelor was too angry. "Oscar can't walk free, he murdered Reeva and is guilty," he added."

If Oscar walks free, what is this country saying about a lot of woman who are murdered by their partners," he asked. "I am getting calls from Belgium, US and other European countries and people are asking what is going on here," he said fuming.

But the world will have to patiently wait until tomorrow for the judge's full verdict.

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