…MEGA TRIALS FILLED OUR SCREENS
DINNER CONVERSATIONS revolved around a single topic and everyone had an opinion on Oscar Pistorius and the trial of the century. The doubleamputee athlete was convicted of culpable homicide for the fatal years (at the time of going to press, prosecutors have indicated they will launch an appeal against the sentence). The trial was not a whodunnit but a whydunnit and South Africa made legal history by televising it live, with each detail, everyone a legal expert overnight.
Just days after Oscar’s conviction, another trial gripped the nation when British millionaire Shrien Dewani stood accused of hiring a hitman to murder his Swedish wife, Anni, while the couple were on honeymoon the UK for three years, Shrien sensationally revealed on the opening day that he is bisexual and had hired male prostitutes. (At the time of going to print, the case was ongoing.) As if that wasn’t enough, artist Zwelethu Mthethwa appeared in court in August on charges of murdering 23-year-old Nokuphila Kumalo in Cape Town in April 2013. The trial was, however, pushed back by six months same way. But one common thread runs through this extraordinary year: all three accused were men, all three victims were women and, as the details unfolded, fact in these cases, was indeed stranger than fiction.
THE TRIALS OF OSCAR PISTORIUS AND SHRIEN DEWANI HAVE GRIPPED THE NATION, WHILE ARTIST ZWELETHU MTHETHWA IS YET TO HAVE HIS DAY IN COURT