I really wish this circus would come to an end. Pistorius took an innocent life for reasons still “mindblowing” to many and no number of years is going to justify his actions. It’s not going to bring Steenkamp back to life even if he gets life. Let's just move on from this. – Billy Bob Cornwell Stop wasting taxpayers’ money. – Jo-anne Malgas
Judge Masipa told all parties at the last court hearing that she will wait in her chambers if anyone wanted to appeal. Gerrie and his group would have known at that point if Oscar got a light sentence what reasons he would have to appeal. The SCA, when changing the charge from culpable homicide to murder, did not attack Judge Masipa as a experienced judge. Facebook, of course, has great judges. – Eric Martinsich
Pistorius was on his stumps when he murdered Reeva Steenkamp. So where is the disability? There were six premeditated actions: getting the gun, aiming it at the probable spot where a person could be behind the door and pulling the trigger four times. Murder carries 20-25 years, 15 for exceptional mitigating circumstances. His sentence should be 15 plus 6 – 21 years. – Nkosi Nat
Six years was a shocking sentence. Some people get 15 years for theft. –Andre Brits
The article states “a good chance of being out on parole after 18 months”. That would be a travesty of justice. Judge Masipa got the original culpable homicide wrong and also got the murder sentence wrong. Let us hope the Appeal Court serves proper justice for murder. – Whitney Smith
Where are Oscar’s human rights? Criminals also have rights. How many times can you sentence a man for one crime? – Paul Froon
Can Gerrie Nel start focusing on the rest of the murders that take place daily in this country and get those people behind bars? – Karen Parnham Schlemmer
SA has been brainwashed by the media who have portrayed Oscar as a thug just so they can sell newspapers and magazines. – Lesley Ganserer
“Kids brutally killing dog” Cape Argus 21.07: shocking and cruel. All the children who participated in this barbaric incident should be apprehended and severely punished. A good old fashioned hiding with a quince stick on a bare bum is sadly no longer permissible so a term of community service at the SPCA or some other caring dog shelter is probably the only other alternative to teach these children right from wrong. Teach them to understand that all animals are here by the blessing of God who only gives us mortals his “unconditional love”.
To all of those young barbarians who participated in the killing of that little dog, you have all sealed your own fates. – Robert Gillespie
This is shocking and very disturbing because these kids are violent as they know no better. They live in the Cape Flats and are exposed to violence on a daily basis. People are often shot and killed in front of them. As a result, being exposed to violence at that early age makes them think it’s normal. Sadly they will grow up to be bullies and eventually even commit murders themselves. Then the cycle repeats with their own children unless something is done about it. – Stella Nyongo, Gordons Bay.
By reinstating Marius Fransman, Jacob Zuma must approve of his hands-on approach to business. –David Liebrecht, Muizenberg
This has been happening with the ANC since 1994 and before. – Peter Brigden
But another report says he has not been reinstated. He says he has been and that JZ himself reinstated him. Very confusing. No one seems to know diddly squat about this. – Angela Eldon The house of cards is crumbling. – Marzedt De Beer He’s in till after elections. – Ashraf Sedick Walker
The DA can forget about my vote and those of other residents in Ward 1, Klapmuts North. Basic maintenance of roads is useless and gets worse every year. No doubt, the rain will be blamed again. We just can’t take you seriously anymore. – Paul Cochrane.
The time has come to let the COO of the SABC go before he does any more damage, or gives himself another exhorbitant salary increase. – Robert Gillespie
I wish criminals would just take what they want and leave... take the car, phone, money and run. – Cynthia Mandokose Jacobs
There’s a lot of sick, vile, spineless creatures on this earth. – Karin van Niekerk
When is this all going to stop? We are prisoners in our own homes. Justice needs to be done. – Lindley Marise Blaine Paul