Flamboyant Oscar supporter arrives early at court

2015-12-03 08:39
Tokelo Africa, founder of the South African Prisoners’ Unemployed Political Party. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Tokelo Africa, founder of the South African Prisoners’ Unemployed Political Party. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Bloemfontein - Dressed in a flamboyant purple suit, red shoes and a fedora, Tokelo Africa was one of the first to arrive at the Supreme Court of Appeal to show support for convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who will hear on Thursday if he has to go back to jail.

Africa, who is the founder of the SA Prisoners' Unemployed Political Party, told reporters his organisation had supported many prisoners but that they do not "condone crime".

Their mission is to help prisoners reintegrate into society without prejudice.

"We believe Oscar when he said it [the killing of Reeva Steenkamp] was a mistake," said Tokelo.

The SCA will hand down judgment on Thursday on whether Pistorius's conviction for his model girlfriend's killing should be culpable homicide or murder.

If it is the latter, Pistorius, who is currently under correctional supervision at his uncle's home in Pretoria, will probably have to go back to jail, and face a harsher sentence.

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