I have been trying to digest the verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial. I must say the main protagonist, Oscar, deserves an Oscar for shamming remorse. His performance was the equivalent of downing a sick bucket. Excuse my pun.
Judge Masipa and the defense team deserve one too for their supporting roles in this badly orchestrated charade that was meant to be a gripping drama.
The conclusion is so tasteless it leaves a sickening feeling in the stomach as if one has been forced to drink Oscar’s sick bucket. It leaves one concluding that despite the much televised trial with its trappings of western culture, there is no justice in South Africa.
I reiterate, there is no justice in South Africa. The outcome has left many in shock and a bitter social media war in its wake with many in disbelief at the judge’s verdict.
We cannot understand why a person would go towards the danger and claim they shot in self defence yet there was no hint of an attack or firing of a warning shot. Simply, by going towards the alleged danger, that would have transformed that person into an aggressor and self defense would not be applicable.
The facts from my point of view, you may have your own opinion, is that South Africa is a world where police officers armed to the bone can shoot unarmed black men in the back, drag black men behind police cars and those black lives get no justice. Unarmed white women can be shot or abused by white men and be denied justice.
South Africa reinforces that it’s a man’s world, but not just any man’s world, but a white man’s world.
It doesn’t matter which part of the world you are in, as long as you are black, whether in Fergusson, London, Marikana (South Africa) or Missouri, there are different rules for black and white men to abide by. The white woman also seems to be denied the same rights the white man is entitled to.
It doesn’t matter whether you are Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Mark Duggan, Oscar Grant, a Marikana miner in South Africa, Steve Biko, Fred Hampton, Patrice Lumumba, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jnr., or Reeva Steenkamp, the outcome is the same: JUSTICE DENIED!
In digesting the outcome of this bizarre case, I have come to the conclusion that justice means different things for certain groups of people. For some people, it means INJUSTICE. It means that nothing has changed and white men will continue to get away with murder whether their victim is a black man or a white woman (or black).
As Tupac once said, lady liberty needs glasses and so does mrs justice by herself both the broads are blind as bats… I guess in this case we can say, me lady, Judge Thokozile Masipa, needs thicker lens and so does mrs justice by her side both the broads are blind as bats. From SA to the USA, the cries of justice are resonating: we want justice!