NPA to discuss Pistorius sentence with prosecutors

2014-10-21 14:38
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Pretoria - The head of the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday he would discuss the five-year prison sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius, and a possible appeal, with prosecutors.

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"We will consult with the prosecution team and then take the matter forward," national director of public prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana told Parliament's portfolio committee on justice.

Deputy director Silas Ramaite added that senior prosecuting staff were "agitated" about the outcome of the case.

"We will meet with the prosecution team, do a post mortem of the various sentences," he said.

"Senior people in the NPA are actually quite agitated, wrongly so I would say."

They were responding to a question from African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart.

'Appetite' for appeal

Earlier, the NPA said the facts need to be examined.

"There is an appetite to appeal and we have 14 days to consider the law, and ensure the facts and the law allow us to appeal," NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube told reporters in court GD of the North Gauteng High Court after proceedings were adjourned.

While the NPA had not been happy that Pistorius had been found guilty of culpable homicide and not murder, he said it was a "consolation" that he would go to jail.

A reporter asked Mncube whether Pistorius would serve one third of his sentence. He said that was a matter for correctional services to decide.

Speaking to reporters on the other side of the court room, one of the junior counsel who had been part of Pistorius's defence team said he would serve one sixth of his sentence. This meant Pistorius would spend 10 months in jail.

'Sad' for Steenkamps

Businessman Kenny Kunene said outside the court that his heart went out to Reeva Steenkamp's family.

"I am sad for them," he said.

He also lamented Pistorius's sentence.

"Look, it's sad knowing prison conditions are what they are. I respect Judge [Thokozile] Masipa, but I think a custodial sentence was not fair for Oscar."

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