Should Os­car go to jail?

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Angela Pre­to­rius Western Cape Os­car should go free be­cause I be­lieve in his in­no­cence. He was re­act­ing to a noise and try­ing to scare the in­truder away! I would have done the same to pro­tect my loved ones – re­mem­ber, we live in Africa. Sa­muel Ma­pogoshe North­ern Cape Os­car must go to jail be­cause some­one lost a life. Mpho Nnong Midrand Os­car killed Reeva in­ten­tion­ally. He must just go to jail, where he be­longs. Mpumi Gaut­eng Os­car used his mind and hands to kill. Mat­shidiso Nkuna Gaut­eng Os­car must go to jail for what he did to the Steenkamp fam­ily. They are bro­ken and robbed of fi­nan­cial sup­port, and above all robbed of their daugh­ter for­ever. Let him pay for his evil deed. Lu­lama Gaut­eng I’m tired of see­ing his croc­o­dile tears in court. We all know he de­lib­er­ately killed Reeva, and he must get the pre­scribed min­i­mum sen­tence at least. Tshidi Thibedi via SMS Os­car must go to jail be­cause he killed Reeva Steenkamp in cold blood. He knew she was in the bath­room. He must get 15 years or more. Marks Nt­soko Gaut­eng Pis­to­rius’ phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity should have no bear­ing on the sen­tenc­ing. If he was ca­pa­ble of con­sciously com­mit­ting a hor­rific mur­der such as he did, de­spite his phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity, then he should be treated like any other per­son when be­ing sen­tenced. The guid­ing prin­ci­ple in sen­tenc­ing him should be what is pro­vided for in the law, which, as we know, is a min­i­mum of 15 years. There are many other dis­abled peo­ple who com­mit­ted se­ri­ous crimes and were sen­tenced ac­cord­ing to the law. Why should Pis­to­rius be an ex­cep­tion? Thieka Molefe via SMS I think it is good to pay for your crime. As a mag­is­trate, I would give him 20 years to send a strong mes­sage to all mur­der­ers out there. Let the law take its course. Mok­gadi Mathole Lim­popo I be­lieve he should be for­given. At least he ap­peared in court for all that he has done; oth­ers did more than he did and they walked free and to­day they think they are bet­ter. I’ll al­ways pray for fair jus­tice for him.

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