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SA grapples with Pistorius murder charge

2013-02-16 07:24

Pretoria - South Africans grappled with disappointment, shock - and even nausea - as sports hero Oscar Pistorius appeared in court on Friday for murdering his girlfriend.

"I'm just shocked at the moment, like did he really do it? Because the kind of person we thought he was from what we saw on TV was something different," Lunga Mubuza, 18, told AFP in Pretoria where the runner lives.

"He was one of my role models. I wished one day I could be like him," he added. "But now, it's really a disappointment."

Revered as a hero at home, Pistorius is seen globally as an inspiration after being the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics in London 2012.

The explosive news of his arrest on Valentine's Day for killing his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was followed by Friday's court appearance in Pretoria.

Police have distanced themselves from early reports that Steenkamp may have been accidentally shot after being mistaken for a burglar at his home, and prosecutors plan to try the murder as premeditated.

"I was very saddened by what I heard," said Casper Snyders, outside a parade of shops in the capital, which lies north of Johannesburg.

"It was disbelief but perhaps as the story went, the implication is there that he might be guilty. And I feel very sorry for her family, for his family and for Oscar himself."

Another passerby polled by AFP, Charntel Paile, said the icon should be held accountable if guilty of the killing.

"Everything has a consequence so if he murdered her he should pay the price for murder," she said.

The news of the Paralympian champion's arrest dominated headlines on Friday, knocking a state address by President Jacob Zuma out of the day's top news spot in several newspapers.

The Citizen newspaper used the headline "Blade Gunner?" in a reference to his artificial legs.

Speaking a few hours after Pistorius appeared in court, Emilie Rakau said the matter was a "huge blow".

"I looked up to the guy. He's such a hero in our country. A lot of people don't do what he does, and he stood up and did it."

Another man, Quentin Smith, said "it's a horrible shock for everybody".

"Like my mum also said, she feels nauseous the whole day. I had goose bumps when I heard it on the radio," he said.

Steenkamp was gunned down in Pistorius's home in an upscale secure housing estate in the city.

Comments
  • rudi.debeer.5 - 2013-02-16 07:34

    I'm very disapointed and sad about Oscar. Let the police do their investigation and if he is guilty let him face the music. No special treatment for celebs and polititians. To many of them getting away with murder, rape and coruption.

  • profesas1 - 2013-02-16 07:35

    Well, people must stop feeling sorry for him, imagine wat reeva's family is going through

      amando.salazar.9 - 2013-02-16 09:04

      exactly! He's still alive! She's not. Her family will never see her again. His family will.

  • rocco.dewet.3 - 2013-02-16 07:36

    Guns, passion and alcohol are never a good mix. I do not idolize sport stars or celebrities. But I do mourn the death of innocents.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-02-16 07:37

    Sportpeople. Why make these people heros in the first place. Its only sport

      Erna - 2013-02-16 08:53

      Agreed. This hero worship for so called celebrities in this world is over the top. And its not just sports people - the same goes for movie and music stars. Its this hero worshipping by the media and public that makes them so arrogant. A good example of this are these 'reality stars' - look at the Kardashians - what on earth do they do that deserves such attention from the media and public. Just don't get it.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-02-16 09:42

      True, but the same news medias we like to read everyday are the biggest ones doing it. You will hear after one or 3 good matches than that sport person is suddenly a "legend, king, super hero,etc.", but we all know those words belong to people who served/take part a long time to be worth such titles.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2013-02-16 09:43

      I agree completely with all of you. One can have respect for the Tigers' and the Oscars' feats on the sports fields, but we don't know these people really. Humans are fallible, all of us.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-02-16 13:31

      In fact, it's a very well paying job.

      JuditVictor - 2013-02-16 14:17

      Ain't THAT the truth! Well said.

      JuditVictor - 2013-02-16 14:21

      This thing that kids are taught to compete no matter what is nonsense. I don't understand the concept. The socalled "leaders" at school were always the rich man's children. I can't compete with my children at even board games, because I love them too much. To win means to show another that you're better than them. I know this will unhinge a lot of hatred towards me, but it's what I think personally. Politicians are competitive - are they good for us, nope not really. And yet there's someone about Usain Bolt, but still - it fosters arrogance and the moment you think you're better than other people, you will trip up.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-16 07:39

    . Pistorius was one of my heroes, but the moment I heard some of the details as to what happened at his home, NO MORE! Murderers are NO heroes to me!! But what has stunned me most, of how many are prepared to give Oscar the benefit of doubt!!! THAT is insane !!!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-16 07:52

      It's insane to follow a judicial process which says that someone is innocent until PROVEN guilty? That's how it works, Anthony. That's civilization in action.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-16 08:20

      Tersia, Two points; Pistorius was alone at home with his girlfriend ! She is ( hiding ) in the bathroom !! Now you pump four bullets through the bathroom door !!! you are not trying to tell her, you don't like her, but you are trying to kill her!!!! Oscar Pistorius succeeded !!!!! And I don't want to throw the cat amongst the pigions, but, you say " that is how 'it' works " Jacob Zuma was acquited of rape, but to many , he is still guilty of rape!! Is THAT how it works ???? So, what I am trying to sa; It seems, we make up our own mind, who is guilty, and who is not. For me, Oscar Pistorius is guilty !!!

      gary.huddlestone.50 - 2013-02-16 09:37

      3 shots accompanied by a woman's screams.... Silence for 10 minutes 3 more shots.... http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4796129/oscar-pistorius-charged-with-murdering-girlfriend.html

      peter.wentz.549 - 2013-02-16 10:41

      @ gary.huddlestone, 6 shots? I thought it was 4.........

      gary.huddlestone.50 - 2013-02-16 11:20

      4 shots hit her. Check the link I attached above, it is what the neighbours heard...for some reason this is being reported in SA...

  • bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-16 07:44

    Death Penalty!! Along with ALL the others who murder and rape..

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-16 07:48

    This is disappointing and shocking to say the least!!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-02-16 07:55

    The least he can do now for Reeva's grieving family is just tell the whole truth, they deserve that.

      chantel.klein.9 - 2013-02-16 13:22

      Has it just for 1 moment gone through your mind that, just maybe, the world and SA dont want to know the truth? You were not there, neither was I, so we only speculate.

  • michael.jackwood - 2013-02-16 08:04

    The guy is innocent until the state can prove him guilty, thats how things work in a democratic country, what if he did not do it?

      arthur.motsamai - 2013-02-16 08:07

      Shut up jack ass, evidence points the facts...

      vernon.dodo - 2013-02-16 08:09

      There is no doubt as to whether he did it; the physical evidence speaks for itself. There is doubt though about the intent behind the deed, and that is what the court will decide.

      Daniel Jayson Brink - 2013-02-16 08:14

      Actually you are wrong, he has been charged with pre-empted murder which means he has to prove his innocence. He is guilty and must now try show that he is innocent which will not happen!

      Bob - 2013-02-16 08:19

      No Brink, that's not how it works. A charge doesn't equate to guilt, the prosecutors are the ones who have to prove his guilt.

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-02-16 08:31

      Bwahahahahahaaaaaahahahahahahahaaaaabwaaaaaahahaha

      papapipo.mzapi - 2013-02-16 08:46

      bcaus he is white he must b proven guilty,where r those whites who hav bn preachin 4 the return of the death penalty,is about time that u whites must realised that crime isnt colour blind

      michael.jackwood - 2013-02-16 08:53

      @Athur, what evidence are you reffering to? The thing is sometimes all evidence can lead to Oscar, but that does not necessarily mean he shot her, i am not defending Oscar Pretorius, but all i am saying is, lets not find people gulity in the court of public opinion, lets here his side of the story and allow the procecuting team to decide.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-16 08:54

      Well technically you are correct. But the evidence strongly suggests his guilt at this point. He seems just as innocent as Zuma did with his corruption trial at this point

      dorcas.magagula.5 - 2013-02-16 08:59

      If you where singing dead penalty for the murders of Anene last week and jub jub's case and today you sing innocent till prove guilty then you a bloody hypocrite,physical evidence all points that he did it what more do you want? All murders,rapist drug dealers etc must be hanged no exceptions!!!

      zeenat.allie.16 - 2013-02-16 09:50

      In this democratic country... Our president avoided a rape Charge although all the evidence pointed directly to him. The same guy avoided a corruption charge and the evidence pointed in the same direction. We now have a vote of no confidence on the table and yes the evidence points to him as well...yet we have another term of this guy in Political leasership? Now I ask you, how democratic are we and and is our lady of justice raped in front of us as we speak, as indicated by a cartoonist known as zapiro who by the way also fealt the pressure of our presidents healthy weight?

      billy.banter.961 - 2013-02-16 11:33

      Daniel Jayson Brink - I don't mind that you're ignorant, but I am concerned that you're allowed to vote!

  • louis.duplessis.39 - 2013-02-16 08:06

    Wat het van ons wereld geword? Dis wat Godeloosheid bring

      manie.olivier.18 - 2013-02-16 08:17

      AMEN

      Ros Rose - 2013-02-16 08:27

      stem saam its evil that we are up against but few see it

      chantel.klein.9 - 2013-02-16 13:24

      Geldmag en opheffing van mense.Plaas almal doen wat reg is , d@nner almal voort en maak afgode van mense, wat nes ons is.

  • trudy.riet - 2013-02-16 08:33

    "die beeld" news paper reports that Reeva was still breathing and oscar carried her down stairs to get help, he also tried to do mouth to mouth, why is this only in the afrikaans papers?

      asivhanga - 2013-02-16 08:45

      ...so lieg soos 'n koerant...!

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-02-16 08:51

      Doesn't matter, 4 shots through a bathroom door = cold blooded murder!!! He may have realized afterwards what he had done, and I'm the interests of self-preservation tried to resuscitate her. Fact remains a beautiful young woman was brutally murdered!! He's a self confessed gun nut with a history of temperamental behavior, two hours before the crime, police were called by neighbors to intervene in a 'domestic dispute'. It's an open and shut case for even an average prosecutor!!! This little puppy is crying like a baby because he knows he's gonna get married in prison repeatedly!!!!

      stephan.smuts - 2013-02-16 08:52

      pardon the typo

      abner.mophethe - 2013-02-16 09:04

      its because they are disaaponted thathe did it and want to get sympathy for him and maybe use that in his defence

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-02-16 09:05

      And, oh he was caring , after giving her four bullets . Tronk toe , niks anders vir hom .

  • Anton - 2013-02-16 08:34

    RIP Miss Steenkamp. Oscar ons as publiek en mediea het jou reeds skuldig bevind, wat nie regverdig is nie. Laat die waarheid seevier en nie bespiegelings nie. Oscar vertel net die waarheid sodat die saak so gou moontllig afgehandel kan word, dit is slegs regverdig vir al die families betrokke. My vraag is net hier , hoekom hantyeer die polisie en die regstelsel beskuldigdes nie ewe nie. Hier het ons temake met die voorste aanklaer en landroste. Die forensiese afdeling doen hulle werk behoorlik ens. Wat van Inge Lotz se saak en al die ander moorde,verkragtins ens of is hulle minder belangrik. Familie lid onlangs dood geskiet in n plaas aanval. Dit wat ek hier lees en dit wat ons ervaar van die 2 ondersoeke verskil dag en nag met mekaar. In beide gevalle weet die polisie wie die beskuldigdes is. Vra maar net want in alle gevalle wil die families tog afsluiting kan kry

      chantel.klein.9 - 2013-02-16 13:27

      Anton , wat van die Henning saak wat nogsteeds nie afgehandel is nie.Die Baasbrein' nog nooit in hegtenis geneem is nie.Soos ek verstaan is die staats verteenwoordiger ook Gerrie Nel

      Anton - 2013-02-16 13:43

      Dit is preies. Moenie net omdat dit Oscar is meer moeite doen as ander sake nie. Elke saak moet voledig ondersoek word en met gepaste straf gepaard gaan. DAN SAL kriminele 2 keer begin dink. Wat is roof en dan dood maak, in jou eie huis anders as moord mer voorbedagte rede. Die reg is nie meer regverdig nie

  • atomasicchio - 2013-02-16 08:35

    This sad story has become such a media frenzy that everyone thinks that they are entitled to an opinion as to what had happen that night. I hope that if Oscar Pistorius is guilty that he will do the right thing and admit it. If he is not guilty, I hope the prosecuting authority will give him a fair trial without being influenced by this media circus

      stephan.smuts - 2013-02-16 08:47

      They ARE entitled to an opinion! Otherwise what's the point of commenting on an article, as you are also doing now!

      mbulelo.duma - 2013-02-16 08:58

      what makes u think ONLY you is entitled to comment? When something happens to a famous person, people a bound to raise their opinions.. Like it or not, he's a murderer..

      mbulelo.duma - 2013-02-16 08:59

      what makes u think ONLY you is entitled to comment? When something happens to a famous person, people a bound to raise their opinions.. Like it or not, he's a murderer...

      atomasicchio - 2013-02-16 10:02

      Maybe I should change the word 'opinion' to 'judgment'... Man its just crazy. It still boggles my mind!!!!

      gary.gordon.961993 - 2013-02-16 10:54

      Judgements take place in courts of law - this is a forum where personal opinions are given.

  • beverley.bedggood.3 - 2013-02-16 08:36

    Irrespective of his athletic accomplishments, and some not so inspiring, he will one day without doubt be held responsible for the irreplaceable loss of a daughter, sister to a family that will probably never overcome the loss and pain. If not now, the proverbial wheel will turn as it will too for all those who thought how easy it was to do the crime here in SA.

  • michael.frans.54 - 2013-02-16 08:36

    I wondered how he was going to get out of the burglar story...

      Anton - 2013-02-16 08:50

      The burglar story does not come from him if i read the newspapers )Beeld) correctly. A stupid police officer at the gate at the time of the shooting made the comment to the media

      Bob - 2013-02-16 09:42

      He's going to try some cheap defence like pleading insanity... watch this space!

  • Erna - 2013-02-16 08:38

    With rape and HIV being such a huge problem in this country, there are people on this site who, by their sick comments, seem to revel in the fact that violent rape occurs in prison. Its scary to see how delighted they seem to be with this possibility!

      zed.max.52 - 2013-02-16 08:52

      I blame it on the ruling elite for not taking action to sort out the prisons. They obviously don't care because they will definitely use all tricks at disposal to dodge jail when they are faced with the possibility.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2013-02-16 08:46

    Find it quite curious that there are a few black folk that's only view is that everybody is a racist... When in fact they are just high-lighting their ignorance and stupidity, while showing that they are the actual racists! Get your heads out your @ss! This story isn't really about race you idiots!

      trevor.bailet - 2013-02-16 09:11

      What I find curious, jimmy, is that if you feel the story is not about race then why do you feel the need to weigh in with a comment that is only about race and racism and has absolutely no bearing on the shooting? Are you retarded or just a hateful whingeing xshpat?

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-02-16 09:27

      Not al all bro, this ray @ss has gone to nearly every post and called everybody a white racist! Just pissed me off I guess!

      trevor.bailet - 2013-02-16 09:43

      okay, well i suggest you drop it. he is just winding you up and now you are beginning to look like his white alter ego.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-02-16 13:12

      Jimmy is the retard that lives on the streets on NZ. Ignore this warped minded, bored turd

      chantel.klein.9 - 2013-02-16 13:30

      Let Jimmy be, stop using such language as you do themba, you are only degrading yourself.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-02-16 08:48

    This Pistorius story was like sweet fresh milk when it broke but has now become like stale cheese. Let's move on now News24, let us know when something new actually happens.

  • Tshepho Thebe Monyaka - 2013-02-16 08:52

    pple r just making assumptions, let the investigators find the truth then you can say he is guilty or not. there more questions than answers, only thing that Is there at the moment is shock. so stop concluding things before all truth comes out.

      Kelly Macnamara Oosthuizen - 2013-02-16 09:29

      I agree with you.

  • liz.cresswell.5 - 2013-02-16 08:53

    I really feel very sorry for Oscar, and what he is going through right now, and equally for the Steenkamp family! This seems awfully out of character for him, and he is so young as well? Why was Steenkamp in the bathroom in the first place? hiding from him or someone else?- reportedly a burglar? Something smells awfully fishy with this, but on both sides, its just a sick state of affairs! Maybe he thought if he shot four times through the door, she might be tempted to open the door rather, and he didnt think he could actually harm her? Jealousy and rage can make someone do stupid things in the moment?

      frikkie.j.vanrensburg - 2013-02-16 08:58

      It actually seems in character for him, taking into account his history of previous incidents and his tantrums when he he lost to another disabled athlete (too long blades etc).

      stephan.smuts - 2013-02-16 09:16

      @liz. do you know this guy that you are an expert on his character. wow, you really get to know somebody by watching them running around a track for a couple of seconds every 4 years.

      stephan.smuts - 2013-02-16 09:40

      So you think being shot at will TEMPT someone to open a door? Unbelievable!

  • abel.c.sekgota - 2013-02-16 08:53

    South Africa am so srry 4 wht dis guy did lets giv God evrythng, he knows why dis man did so. God himself will give him special punishment, we are all ashamed 4 wht pistorius did to her girlfriend.

      johan.vanderwesthuizen.31 - 2013-02-16 09:05

      So now you have the power to wish damnation on people? Did you also summon the meteorite? Go read your bible again,dont prejudge!

      eugenia.langa.16 - 2013-02-16 09:08

      I agree with you.if w believe in God we wil understand.God knows why.we must learn to sympathise and forgive.I know it s not right what he did bt let us leave everything in the hands of God.o tseba tsohle Modimo.

  • amando.salazar.9 - 2013-02-16 09:03

    Sorry i aint grappling with this. If he wasn't famous this wouldn't be so widely covered.It would have been another nut of a man losing his temper and killing his girlfriend. By the next day it would have blown over. They don't report on the endless rapes and murders that happen every day!!! Please stop generalizing the entire south africa!

      Tabile Fakazi KaZungu - 2013-02-16 11:51

      It's a very sorry state of affairs for both families. My heart goes out to them. Their lives will never be same.

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-16 09:03

    I feel sorry for Reeva. Her family and friends must be absolutely devastated to have lost a daughter. Enough of Oscar. Very sad incident ( murder?) but true that Oscar and his family still have a life.

      amando.salazar.9 - 2013-02-16 09:09

      Well said.

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-02-16 09:10

    Im sorry shes dead, but it was wrong for her to use bathroom door at 2 Oclock midnight instead of security scaled main door where he would have seen her on screen before he could fire on her. Safety first applied pity shes dead.

      stephan.smuts - 2013-02-16 09:26

      She probably hid from the raging maniac in the bathroom!

      princess.nguni - 2013-02-16 14:22

      But who said she was trying to gain access to the house through the bathroom door? These aren't facts. Trying to blame the victim.

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2013-02-16 09:13

    Hang this bastard

  • Rampant - 2013-02-16 09:22

    Could news24 give us news that is more important than that of Oscar.Are you avoiding the chaos that is in our country? Sadly, any comments on the state of the nation is being moderated. Shame on news24.

  • sbusiso.mgoza.96 - 2013-02-16 09:28

    Its been three days since the incident, I still wake up hoping its was all a horrible dream, its still hard to make sense of it all. My heart goes to the Steenkamp family one could not imagine what they are going through

  • Collen Dube - 2013-02-16 09:29

    upscale and secure estate, surely he couldn't have mistaken her for a robber. 4 shots and not a scream? Oscar murdered her, plain and simple.

      rika.bekker - 2013-02-16 09:44

      Al die feite is nog nie eens voorgele nie en almal wil regter speel. Wat gebeur het is skokkend en terleurstellend, kom ons wag vir meer inligting en intussen kan ons net hoop vir 'n beter uitslag, al lyk dit op hierdie staduim nie goed nie.

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-16 09:36

    News 24 is disappointing some readers by not talking about corrupt ANC , shame we wanna know Oscar"s case as it unfolds, and yes based on initial stories he is guilty, being in denial won't aquit him, he must be hanged

      rosemary.debruin.37 - 2013-02-16 09:47

      in sa u are not allowed to hang anymore because the death penalty was removed. Dont judge to quickly the truth always comes out and u might be very surprised to hear what happened.

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-16 10:04

    I grapple with the death of Reeva, as for killer he must get wats coming to him

  • nick.joubert.3 - 2013-02-16 10:18

    "Appeared in court on Friday for murdering his girlfriend". What happened to unbiased reporting? Where reporters take an objective stance on the news, not sensationalize it? This article presumes that he has in fact been convicted of the crime of murder, before the court has even tried him and found him guilty of such a crime or not. It goes to show that any news, good or bad will sell when you feed the gossip and media machine with this tripe.

  • jacques.dekock.3 - 2013-02-16 10:39

    Ag shame, by the looks of it, he doesn't have leg to stand on!

      petronel.wit - 2013-02-16 11:57

      That joke is totally inappropriate and insensitive and by now it is old as well. Get a life!!!

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2013-02-16 10:41

    Even if one has a burglar or even worse felon locked behind one's bathroom door one has no right to shoot them once, let alone four times. One is only allowed to use minimum force and using a firearm also requires that one think that one's own life is in danger. Everyone who has a firearm licence knows that. Even if the felon had a firearm one cannot blindly fire rounds through the door at them unless the felon is also firing back. A reasonable response in that case might be to fire one round through the door at the floor or ceiling as a warning shot and to prove one's intent and capability should the felon not submit. Even if this were a felon killed, this would surely be a case of culpable homicide. But for own his girlfriend who'd been there at least two hours and with whom there'd been a noisy argument, this points to murder. Pre-meditated maybe not. Means and Opportunity we have clearly. Motive : Unhingement.

      aletenfanie.hattingh - 2013-02-16 14:44

      My question would be.......were is the police that allegedly came to the house because of arguments??? or noises....... why did they not sort the problem if any......take the one away that created the problem.........????why do nothing and wait till some one gets hurt???

  • niel.bruwer.5 - 2013-02-16 10:42

    True

  • cindy.ngcobo.986 - 2013-02-16 10:50

    It's a sad state of affairs He is a troubled young man who needs help it's never too late Condolescences to her family

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-16 11:00

    There r secrets and fantasies locked up in a mans mind?? who knows wat he had in his mind?? the result is tragic loss of Reeva!!

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2013-02-16 11:39

    Co-incidental that. Just this morning my better half and I were discussing this. When women shoot their men, it's to escape from them; while when men shoot their women it's because they're losing them. And just last night we were contextualising this with Getroud Met Rugby. This is a matter of massive egos, deep deficiencies and youthful irresponsibility. Firearms and possibly recreational pharmaceuticals thrown into the mix. The proverbial accident looking for a a place to happen. The twittering classes are having a field week, but it's a massive tragedy. Mainly for Reeva Steenkamp and now her family. RIP.

      RUHKAYA - 2013-02-16 15:24

      That's is so true

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2013-02-16 11:57

    Strange. There was just now a posting referring to Twitter, journalists and rugby. Now it is gone. What causes postings to be pulled or dropped? If a posting is pulled because it is unsuitable, does News24 advise the poster? If not, why not?

  • kitty2wp - 2013-02-16 12:03

    I'm surprised he didn't shoot himself after the shock of what he'd done, unless he wasn't shocked. Did he have his legs on at the time? I mean he is a champion runner and is n extremely fit health, he could put up a fight or run or hide in that mansion if he thought there was an intruder. Let's hope this is not another Diwani or OJ court circus show.

  • sbusiso.mgoza.96 - 2013-02-16 12:07

    Its a universal problem the so called public personas get away with transgressions, we lesser beings would be duly punished for.Some will convince themselves that they are larger than life.Its sad that sometimes they are haul back to reality tragically,the list is growing,OJSimpson,PhilSpector,JubJub and now maybe Oscar.

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2013-02-16 12:13

    @Stefan I think that in this case it has to be an accepted fact that this was murder. It is just that the law requires the accused to be found guilty before calling him a murderer. In the interim it might be fairer to say that a deranged maniac committed homicide in the accused's home on Valentine's Day.

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2013-02-16 12:18

    @Stefan I think that in this case it has to be an accepted fact that this was murder. It is just that the law requires the accused to be found guilty before calling him a murderer. In the interim it might be fairer to say that a deranged maniac committed homicide in the accused's home on Valentine's Day.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2013-02-16 13:57

    News24 sensationalism. Repeating the same vomit over and o'er again. Sloppy journalism, tabloid, cheap K*k and tasteless!

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-02-16 14:07

    Its funny how people say its out of character when he has an abusive history and for you to say its out of character did you know him on a personal level?? Fact of the matter is that he is human just like everyone else, he made a mistake but will have to ultimately pay for it.

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