Saturday, February 23, 2013

Oscar Pistorius: Big trouble in South Africa, the land that believes in miracles...

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So ever since, any stand-out South African success whether in sport, entertainment or commerce, has been given the same glowing treatment. To have done well from humble South African beginnings must be a miracle, the narrative goes.

No surprise then at the title of a major documentary film on the country’s recent history given its premiere a few days ago: Miracle Rising. But fewer believe in miracles than 10 days ago. The spectacular fall of Oscar Pistorius, national hero turned tearful murder suspect, has not just aroused intense international media interest. In South Africa it has brought about a wave of soul-searching: about trust in the police, the cult of celebrity, violent crime and gun control, and faith in the political dominance of Mandela’s beloved ANC.

 The announcement of bail for Pistorius also sparked debate on the unlevel playing field in the judicial system where prisons are full of remand prisoners on lesser charges than murder but who cannot afford a high-end defence team such as that retained by Pistorius, whose extraordinary success in securing bail for their client kicked every other story off the pitch. Full story...

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