Pistorious v. South Africa’s legal system


It has been more than one year since the Olympic runner Oscar Pistorious was accused of killing his girlfriend on last year’s Valentine’s Day.

However, the trial that started on March 3 has been postponed until April 7 since one of the two assessors is hospitalized.

But the world knows the truth: Oscar Pistorious did kill Reeva Steenkamp. What is unclear is whether he did it intentionally or fired his gun because he confused her for an intruder?

The difficult trial raises questions that are very difficult to answer. Pistorious was the only one in the house at the time of the shooting; therefore, the lack of witnesses may prevent the jury from knowing the truth.

Yet as the trial proceeds, Pistorious is not the only one in the spotlight; the effectiveness of South Africa’s legal system has also been put into doubt.

Since 2009 investigations have proven that 1529 people have been part of corruption related crimes. More than 80 officials were criminally charged for corruption and more than 298 were charged in their departments.

Indeed, if the people that serve in the department of justice are corrupt, how can justice be served?

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About Sofia Ortega

Sofia Ortega (s.ortega@umiami.edu) is a sophomore at the University of Miami. She is majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Health Management and Business Administration. Sofia was born in Boston, Massachusetts but was raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Since January 2013 she has been part of Uni Miami, the only news show in Spanish at UMTV. She reported and anchored for the hard news and sports segment. In the summer of 2013, Sofia worked as an intern for the Ecuadorian TV Station Ecuavisa. After graduation, she hopes to find a spot as a news anchor at CNN en Español, Univision or Telemundo.