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Oscar’s judgment belittles women

The six-year sentence imposed by Judge Masipa is woefully inadequate given the nature of the crime committed, and in the commission’s considered view, fails to convey the necessary message of deterrence against perpetrators of similar lethal violence in future, especially against women.

womens monthIn a country where at least four women are killed by their intimate partners and outcome like this belittle the experiences of the victims of gender based violence. We say this notwithstanding Judge Masipa’s unequivocal statement that the murder of Reeva Steenkamp was not a case of gender based violence.

The commission reports that it was particularly pleased that our Judicial System allowed for self-correction as evidenced by the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to change the conviction of Pistorius from culpable homicide to murder, and referred the matter back to the trial court for re-sentencing.

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