Judge has to deal with loss amid difficult Oscar Pistorius trial
WHILE the world will be watching Week 3 of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial, Judge Thokozile Masipa (66) is experiencing a loss of her own.
On Friday, the judge lost her mother-in-law, Mokgadi Johanna Masipa (92), to cancer. She died in Polokwane Hospital and will be laid to rest on Saturday.
The judge’s husband, Ngwako Masipa (69), Mokgadi’s eldest son, said the trial would continue as normal, with his wife at the top of her game.
“If there is one thing my wife has learnt from my mom it’s that… justice must be served. My wife is hurting, but she is a very strong woman.
“Her work is important to her and she has already helped me with all the arrangements.”
He said his wife regarded his mother as her own.
“We will take time to get over this. We expected her death, but it still hurts.
“My wife is Zulu and I’m Pedi, so back then it was frowned upon to marry someone from outside our tribe. But my mom welcomed her with open arms and took her to Botlokwa village, where she learnt our customs.
“She often tells me: ‘ Your mom is more of a mother than my own.’ They loved each other,” Masipa said.
He said his father told him that he had insisted on marrying a woman who could read and write.
“I followed in his footsteps and encouraged my wife to go back to university to finish her social work degree. My mom was of the opinion that education is the light to life. She insisted my siblings and I finish school while she supported us on a domestic worker’s salary,” he said.
Pistorius is on trial for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.
The bodies of two of the three boys who were swept away by floodwaters in Mamelodi, Tshwane, on Monday were found in the Moretele River yesterday. They are Molemo Mangena and Neo Sehlabane, both 10.