I am not a lawyer. I’m not a policeman. I’m not a judge.
I am a white, female, British born, South African bred woman in my 20’s (almost 30’s) who has been greatly affected by crime in my lifetime and has little to no faith in the justice system of this country.
Up until now, I’ve remained fairly ‘mum’ on the Oscar Pistorius case and upcoming trial. So why now? Why do I choose to voice my opinion the day before the trial is set to begin? Because I sit here, watching a televised documentary, seething at the sensationalistic approach the media is taking on broadcasting the murder trial that begins tomorrow.
The ONLY person who knows the truth is Oscar. I’m not here to convince you of his guilt or innocence, but there are many facets of this media debauchery that I have firm issues with.
Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp, it happened and it was an extremely unfortunate, sad situation. A young woman lost her life, unnecessarily. A young woman with the world at her feet had her future cruelly stolen from her in a terrible way. Let me not take anything away from her death and her loss is felt countrywide, especially when her tweets from a year ago are being tastelessly retweeted. The trial that begins tomorrow is going to investigate the evidence, the motive, the predetermination and everything that’s been broadcasted by the media, the so called facts of the trial.
Already I have little faith in the initial crime scene investigation, a multitude of flaws have been pointed out to the detriment of the detectives and officers on scene. Last week, the news of three special investigators (a mere week before trial) traveling to the US to investigate the phone at Apple, something that apparently can’t be done in South Africa. Now I find this extremely difficult to believe… I understand it’s extremely important evidence but I don’t see why it was necessary to send 3 investigators? I also don’t understand how no one was capable of investigating this phone right here in South Africa? Sounds like a free holiday to me (I cannot shake that thought).
Apparently, the fact that his internet browser history showed porn searches and looking for a second hand vehicle is indicative of what happened that night. I’m sorry but it was Valentine’s day, I’m certain he was not the only one looking at porn on Valentine’s Day. Just a thought? As for the second hand vehicle… No connection.
‘If he was in such fear why did he only shoot 4 rounds?’ Come on, really? That’s like saying why did you buy a six pack and only drink 4 beers? No one can possibly say why, adrenaline, first reaction? We live in South Africa, a country where 5 armed men come into the house of a single mother of a 2 year old child and hold them at gunpoint, a country where a woman on a scooter is nearly hijacked on the way home from work, a country where a group of friends get home from a party and are frisked and hijacked at gunpoint by men with silencers on their guns. To be fair, if I had a gun in any of these situations, perhaps I’d be on trial as well. These American ‘writers’ and forensic experts are discussing a South African crime with absolutely no South African experience. It is pure conjecture that causes the experts to ask such questions without knowing what it’s like to live in this country.
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee with a gun. He had everything and now his murder accusation is being labelled as a fall from grace, pun intended? Why when you have everything would you risk ending up with nothing, it doesn’t make sense to me. His high profile status leads me to believe that it’s all the more reason to find (or make) a way to prosecute him. As a country it’s as if we have something to prove to the world, that we won’t let a local celebrity get away with murder, whether he did it or not.
The evidence doesn’t lie. People lie. Very true and I can only hope that evidence is allowed to speak for itself without human biased of those who couldn’t properly investigate the evidence to start with. If he truly did shoot at her with the intent to kill, by all means send the man to prison to rot, he’d deserve it. If the evidence proves, without a shadow of a doubt, that he is a murderer then hang him. Did anyone ever stop to think that here is an innocent man already under media prosecution, a man already ‘guilty’ according to some, a man that could be found guilty in error, all because of a need to put this to bed the way the media would like.
So now, we get to watch this man sit and suffer on television daily for the next 3 weeks which I think is disgusting. The media is about to go against this man’s right to privacy, the privacy of all witnesses involved and the privacy of the justice system as well. Now, the public can take pleasure in watching him suffer day in and day out. What sick society do we live in? What I don’t think has been thought through properly is the door it opens up for Oscar’s defense to make the state look like blundering idiots when it comes down to verifying fact and raising the issue of the crime scene blunder. How will the state manage to hold the publics faith and respect when they will be tested and contradicted at every turn? And if he does get acquitted, what will the country think of the system we are made to believe is competent and prepared for a trial such as this?
I don’t ask you to believe what I do or think as I have but I implore you to at least have your own thoughts and ideas instead of being led by the media’s propaganda.
Another documentary on Reeva’s life comes on tv. As if she is the only murdered woman in the country in a year… Where is the justice for other victims and families in that?
I will not be writing about the Oscar trial again, I only hope that truthful and honest justice is served.