February 15, 2013 in Other sports
The Oscar story has just been so gripping for me the past two days, I couldn’t care less what happened with the Test Cricket, the Super Rugby kickoff in Australia, or the meteors crashing into Russia. Don’t ask me why it intrigues me so much. I don’t know myself. But I want to know what happened. I HAVE to know what happened. I want to know WHY did Oscar shoot Reeva? Was it an accident? Was it in a moment of blind rage? Or was it, as the state is arguing, premeditated?
It sounds too far fetched to believe that a normal person such as Oscar, who’s had a good upbringing, have helped so many others and has been such in inspiration for many, many athletes, even able bodied ones, would regress into killing another person. Not to speak of his own girlfriend. Not to even contemplate that he planned it.
It is difficult to remain objective when all we hear are the Police reports. Everything is being built up against him and all the evidence is pointing against him. However, what we do not have is the defense’s case. Remember that the Police is not there to be objective. They are there to build the case against the suspect. And the stronger case they can portray, the stronger their chance of successful prosecution. And that is what they do. The Police won’t even hint to a possible defense for Oscar, it will jeopardise their case. So, if all we hear are the prosecution’s case, it is quite logic that the “trial” in the media and published to the public, will find in favour of the prosecution. As it stands, Oscar has already been trialed and found guilty by the general public and the media. Even Radio 702 presenter, John Robbie, has suggested Oscar is guilty, tweeting that ” #OscarPistorius story shows us that violence against women is not a class and race thing, but it happens across the board”
I’ve been hooked on Twitter this morning to try and get an answer for all my questions, but the news just got worse and worse. Oscar is now being held in jail over the weekend on request of his lawyers to allow them more time to prepare for his bail application. Oscar is being charged with pre-meditated murder, meaning he the prosecution believes he planned to kill Reeva. Oscar did not plea to the charge, and I don’t think he was asked to.
It was reported that he was clearly in a traumatised state, sobbing and crying uncontrollably throughout proceedings. Now, we have to wait until next Tuesday for the next instalment of this gripping story. And until then, the tasteless jokes will continue, the ongoing speculation will continue and no one will really know why Reeva Steenkamp was killed. Except Oscar.
*Reeva Steenkamp will be seen in the Reality TV Series, Tropika Island of Treasure 5, which premieres on SABC1 on Saturday 16 February at 18:30.