ANC Women's League welcomes NPA decision to appeal Pistorius sentence

2016-07-21 17:29

Johannesburg - The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) has applauded the National Prosecuting Authority's announcement that it would appeal Oscar Pistorius's "shockingly too lenient" six-year jail sentence for murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. 

"As the ANCWL, we believe that an appeal is in the interests of the justice system and the public at large. It would further restore confidence in the justice system to all the women who continue to be victims of gender-based violence," ANCWL secretary general Meokgo Matuba said in a statement. 

Matuba said the ANCWL was unhappy with the six-year sentence imposed by Judge Thokozile Masipa, "which is lenient for a murder case and sets a wrong precedence".

"The ANCWL reiterates the resolutions of the 12th Conference that harsher sentences must be imposed on offenders of violence against children and women.

"As the Women's ,we believe that Pistorius should be granted a sentence suitable for murder, which should be anything between fifteen to twenty years. We also respect the decision  of the Steenkamp family to take some time to heal, since court proceedings dragged for three consecutive years."

Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison on July 6 for murdering Steenkamp.

He was initially convicted of culpable homicide and received a five-year jail sentence. The NPA appealed the sentence. In December last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the culpable homicide conviction and replaced it with a verdict of murder. It ordered Judge Masipa to sentence him afresh.


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