BLA slams attacks against Masipa

Busani Mabunda says unwarranted personal attacks on Judge Thokozile Masipa are unacceptable.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her judgement in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, 11 September 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - While the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) has welcomed the criticism of Judge Thokozile Masipa's judgment in the Oscar Pistorius trial as healthy, it has slammed those questioning her integrity and who have made threats against her.

On Friday, the judge found the athlete guilty of culpable homicide for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

But some legal experts have commented that the ruling was an error of law and that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder.

The BLA'S Busani Mabunda says critical comments on Masipa's judgment are necessary in a democratic society.

Mabunda says unwarranted personal attacks are unacceptable.

"There should always be respect when it comes to the integrity of the office."

The National Prosecuting Authority says it will announce whether it will appeal the judge's verdict after sentencing on 13 October.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has told Eyewitness News she is disappointed with the verdict in the Pistorius trial.

Pistorius was also convicted of firing a pistol under the table of a packed Johannesburg restaurant but cleared of two other firearms charges - illegal possession of ammunition and firing a pistol out of the sunroof of a car.