The trial has just begun of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but, virtually alone amongst the many commentators and broadcasters covering this huge media circus, I am willing to predict to ATW readers right now the outcome of this hugely-expensive circus.
He will be found ‘Not Guilty’ despite being almost blatantly guilty of this murder, based upon one thing, and one thing only. Not the colour of his skin, not for the language of his birth as well as his culture; no, he will be exonerated of all charges because he is a Sportsman. He may be white, he may speak Afrikaans as well as English, he may well be as guilty as sin, but because he is supremely good at what he has achieved in athletics, and because he has overcome the significant hazard of having no proper legs by running on carbon fibre blades.
Even if the jury has a majority of black-skinned jurors serving on it, they will return the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict because he is supremely good at running faster than any other disabled athlete, and faster than many able-bodied runners. He is a minor god in their eyes, and we all know that ‘gods’ can do no wrong!
My Pensioner friend is right, in that the jury no longer serves; but, and it is a very big ‘but’, I doubt if even this black judge will go against the tradition in both black and white South Africa, and imprison the adored ‘Blade Runner’ for the murder of his girlfriend. As I remarked previously, ‘Gods can do no wrong’