Pistorius 6-year murder sentence slammed on social media
People have expressed surprise and shock at the seemingly lenient sentence handed down.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have used social media to express their disappointment, revulsion and anger after Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down a six-year sentence to Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Masipa said the mitigating factors in the case outweighed the aggravating factors and that factors existed to deviate from the prescribed sentence for murder.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had argued that Pistorius should go to prison for no less than 15 years, while defence advocate Barry Roux suggested a non-custodial sentence.
However, Oscar's brother Carl was one of the few to welcome the sentence.
The record has been set straight and justice done. The truth will always prevail. #justice— Carl Pistorius (@carlpistorius) July 6, 2016
'The public' when Judge Masipa said: "Our courts are courts of law - not public opinion" pic.twitter.com/CSNKRpIdfZ— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) July 6, 2016
Our country's judicial system doesn't respect us as a nation. #OscarPistorius— Thokozani (@elninotoz) July 6, 2016
To those who are busy telling us that JUDGE MASIPA KNOWS BEST OR "WE DONT STUDY LAW".. explain the logic behind this pic.twitter.com/gDSFcVm1Qj— Lemo (@KingGee24) July 6, 2016
Imagine if the same outrage directed at Masipa was directed at the system that keeps people in prison for yrs who can't afford a R300 bail!— Mbhazima Shilowa (@Enghumbhini) July 6, 2016
Black Twitter looking at Judge Masipa like... pic.twitter.com/StwMPQZ1md— Ntsika Msuthu (@ntsikamsuthu) July 6, 2016
Masipa looking at country on some "ke mo file 6years mos, last time ene ele 5, kanti le batlang?" pic.twitter.com/RC2kgfJSUU— Thembeka💋 (@i4inno) July 6, 2016