Law students in SCA for Oscar judgment

Brenda Wardle and her daughter Inez (Jenna Etheridge, News24)
Brenda Wardle and her daughter Inez (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Bloemfontein - At least two law students made their way to Bloemfontein to hear whether the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will overturn the High Court's decision to convict Oscar Pistorius of culpable homicide.

Legal analyst and law student Brenda Wardle was in court with her 25-year-old daughter Inez. They drove from Johannesburg on Wednesday night for the case.

Brenda Wardle told News24 she is busy with her Doctor of Laws thesis at Unisa, titled "Presumption of Innocence and the Burden of Proof in South African Criminal Procedure".

She says Oscar's case falls "smack-bang" in the middle of her research. She has also written a book on the case.

Her daughter says she willingly drove with her mom because she is keen to find out what the verdict is.

Two men who also drove from Johannesburg for the appeal verdict are Unisa law student Musa Mahlangu, 38, and driver Xolile Joja, 28.

Mahlangu says he was at the court to learn about appeals in greater detail. He was reluctant to say what he thought the outcome would be.

"It could go either way."

Joja said he was here because, "it is a highly publicised case and I want to see the process".

The SCA will hand down judgment on Thursday morning 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 possibly have to go back to jail, and face a harsher sentence.

Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, later stating he mistook her for an intruder.

He fired four shots into the bathroom door of his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day.

Meanwhile, journalists gathered outside his uncle Arnold's home in Waterkloof, Pretoria.

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