Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

14 April 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Six, Day One

Photo: Werner Beukes/Sapa
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in court (file photo).

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We're into the sixth week of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial now. It will be a short one because even the Pistorius Industrial Complex cannot stand in the way of Easter. State prosecutor Gerrie Nel still has Pistorius himself on the stand for cross-examination for the fourth day in a row, meaning that Oscar Pistorius's Monday may be substantially worse than yours.

09.00 Did Oscar Pistorius have a restful weekend? The athlete was complaining of tiredness last week, but it's hard to imagine he was relaxing peacefully over Saturday and Sunday knowing what the week would bring again. He may have felt even less rested if he glanced at the South African Sunday papers, providing evidence once more that even if the court battle is won, the PR war is being lost for Pistorius.

"Oscar is a liar", ran the Sunday Times' major front page story. In an interview exactly one month before Pistorius killed Steenkamp, it emerges, he gave an interview to the newspaper in which denied that he was in any "serious" relationship. Pistorius also told the reporter that the assault he experienced in December 2012 after a feud with ex-soccer player Mark Batchelor never...

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