Oscar Trial 21.10.2014 02:23 pm

No parole for Oscar – IFP Women’s Brigade

FILE PICTURE: Oscar Pistorius holds the hands of family members as he is taken down to the holding cells after being sentenced to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the high court in Pretoria, Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Picture: Herman Verwey/Media24/Pool

FILE PICTURE: Oscar Pistorius holds the hands of family members as he is taken down to the holding cells after being sentenced to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the high court in Pretoria, Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Picture: Herman Verwey/Media24/Pool

The IFP Women’s Brigade on Tuesday welcomed the sentence handed down in the Oscar Pistorius case but said he should not get parole.

“He should serve the sentence associated with such a crime before he can be released,” chairwoman Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa said in a statement.

“Those guilty of killing must be subjected to serve their full sentence without parole.”

She said the Inkatha Freedom Party Women’s Brigade wanted Pistorius to be treated like any other criminal.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide. For discharging a firearm at Tasha’s restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.

The sentences would run concurrently, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled.


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Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is greeted by his father Henke at the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Pistorius is to be sentenced today after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Herman Verwey/Media24/Pool

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is greeted by his father Henke at the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Pistorius is to be sentenced today after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Herman Verwey/Media24/Pool


Gun Free SA said it was surprised at the suspended sentence for the firearm offence.

“It is one of the most serious offences in terms of the [Firearms Control] act,” it said.

“The act says you can get up to 15 years… and that signals that the law sees this as a serious offence.”

The organisation said it was irrelevant whether someone was hurt or not.

“The point is the discharge of a firearm puts people’s lives at risk…

“We are not sure if [the suspended sentence] sends a strong enough message to gun owners that that behaviour is unacceptable.”

Gun Free SA welcomed the decision by the court to declare Pistorius unfit to own firearms and that all his existing certificates and guns be handed in.

Following the sentencing the paralympian’s uncle Arnold said Pistorius would embrace the five-year prison sentence.

“We accept the judgment. Oscar will embrace the sentence,” Arnold Pistorius told the media.

The African National Congress Women’s League said the sentence signalled a sad day for women in the country.

“We are saddened by the judgment… we have never been happy with the conviction of culpable homicide, instead of murder,” spokeswoman Jacqui Mofokeng said outside court.

“We call for the national prosecutions to appeal this sentence… and do it for our society.”

The head of the National Prosecuting Authority Mxolisi Nxasana told Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice on Tuesday he would discuss the five-year prison sentence handed down, and a possible appeal, with prosecutors.

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