Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live



Oscar Pistorius 6-year prison sentence elicits varied reactions

South Africa

The verdict handed down to Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been met with mixed reactions .

While some said the judge Thokozile Masipa did well, others bashed the ruling .

“I think the judge did exceptionally well”, said one woman.“A person should pay for what they did. So six years is really little, too little,” said another.

The defense attorney said that they will not be appealing the sentence.

“We respect the decision of Masipa, and we will not be lodging any applications for leave to appeal going forward and Oscar will serve the sentence as handed down by Masipa,” said Andrew Fawcett, a member of Pistorius’s legal team.

The“blade runner” was found guilty of murdering Steenkamp on Valentines day in 2013.

He is expected to serve half of his six- year prison sentence before applying for parole.

View more