Tag: South Africa

Oscar Pistorius Gets 6 Years In Prison [VIDEO]

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He was immediately transported to a detention facility after the judgment was handed down. Pistorius was initially sentenced to five years in prison on manslaughter, but those charges were changed to murder…

Pistorius Granted Conditional Bail [VIDEO]

A South African court granted Oscar Pistorius conditional bail Tuesday after he was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee sprinter will remain under house arrest and his case has been postponed until April. Pistorius appeared at a bail hearing at the Pretoria High Court, where he sought leave to appeal…

Oscar Pistorius Verdict Changed to Murder

A South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict and found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder on Thursday. The double-amputee Olympic athlete was convicted last year of culpable homicide for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, after shooting her four times through a locked door. Justice Eric Leach overruled the decision, ruling that…

Oscar Pistorius To Be Released From Jail To House Arrest On Tuesday [VIDEO]

Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic runner who shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s Day 2013, can leave prison and move to house arrest next week, South Africa’s Department of Corrections said Thursday. A parole board at the prison where Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter made the decision. It…

Pistorius to Serve Sentence in Mansion [VIDEO]

Oscar Pistorius will be relocated to his uncle’s mansion when he is released from prison this week, after serving just one sixth of his five-year sentence. He will wear an electronic tracker for the remainder of his term served in “custodial supervision” at the compound, which includes an outdoor swimming pool, private gym, and more…

Oscar Pistorius to Walk Free [VIDEO]

Olympian Oscar Pistorius will be released on probation August 21, after a recommendation from the South African corrections department. The amputee athlete was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 for culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the middle of the night. His attorneys argued that Pistorius thought she…

South Africa Wins Miss World [VIDEO]

With one billion people watching around the globe, Miss South Africa beat out her last two competitors—Miss Hungary and Miss United States—to nab the ultimate pageant title. At a live ceremony in London on Sunday night, Rolene Strauss was named the 2014 Miss World, also known as Derek Jeter’s future new girlfriend. Strauss, a 22-year-old…

Shrien Dewani cleared of honeymoon murder [VIDEO]

A judge has dismissed the case against British businessman Shrien Dewani, who was accused of arranging the murder of his honeymoon bride, Anni in November 2010. Mr Dewani from Bristol, was extradited to South Africa earlier this year to face trial.

South Africa Soccer Captain Killed

Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in Johannesburg, the SA Football Association confirmed on Sunday. Details surrounding the shooting have not yet been released. The 27-year-old most recently captained the Pirates in a 4-1 win against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday night.

Oscar Pistorius Given Only 5 Years in Jail For Killing his Girlfriend

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been handed a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend. Legal experts said he was unlikely to spend longer than a year in jail. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder after firing four hollow-point bullets through a bathroom door at Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013. He said…

Oscar Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder [VIDEO]

Oscar Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder [VIDEO]: A high court judge in South Africa says Paralympian athelete Oscar Pistorius is not guilty of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa made the partial announcement in a hushed courtroom Thursday as she summed up the evidence presented to the court. She has yet…

South African author Nadine Gordimer dies

Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer of South Africa has died at age 90, at her home in Johannesburg, her family said Monday. Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. She was known as “one of the literary world’s most powerful voices against apartheid.” [reuters]

Pistorius Shooting Reenactment Leaked [VIDEO]

An Australian TV channel has broadcast a reenactment video made of Olympian Oscar Pistorius shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Australia’s Channel 7 obtained the “visual mapping” reenactment, which was created by The Evidence Room, a U.S. company that specializes in forensic animation. In the footage, Pistorius is seen pointing his right arm as if he…

Pistorius Was Not Mentally Ill When He Shot Girlfriend, Experts Conclude

A panel of mental health experts has concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year, the chief prosecutor at the athlete’s murder trial said Monday. Pistorius’s trial resumed after a break of one month during which a psychologist and three psychiatrists…

Oscar Pistorius To Undergo Psychiatric Tests

Oscar Pistorius must undergo psychiatric tests the judge in his murder trial has ruled. The Olympic athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, on Valentine’s Day 2013. [skynews]

[VIDEO] Tearful Oscar Pistorius takes the stand, apologizes

A tearful Oscar Pistorius took to the stand at his murder trial in South Africa offering an emotional apology to Reeva Steenkamp’s family as her mother looked on stony-faced Photo: Oscar Pistorius arrives at court flanked by security (Marco Longari/ AFP – Getty Images) nbc news

[VIDEO] Oscar Pistorius to sell Pretoria home for legal costs

Oscar Pistorius — the standout athlete now on trial accused of the murder of his girlfriend — plans to sell his Pretoria home “to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs,” a statement on his website said Thursday. The house is where Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in February 2013. Pistorius hasn’t…

Pistorius neighbor describes aftermath of Steenkamp’s death

Witness and neighbor Johan Stipp described in court on Thursday entering the home of Oscar Pistorius and attempting to save the life of Reeva Steenkamp, after she was shot by Pistorius. He described Pistorius being very distressed, and said he asked Pistorius where his guns were, since he was worried he might hurt himself. ITV…

Blade Runner Murder Trial: Pistorius Pleads Not Guilty

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius entered a not guilty plea to all charges at the beginning his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius admitted to shooting the supermodel on Valentine’s Day 2013, but has claimed he thought she was an intruder and that it was not premeditated. South Africa and…

Pistorius murder trial can be televised, South Africa judge rules

A South African judge ruled on Tuesday that the murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius can be televised, giving millions around the world direct access to one of the most sensational celebrity trials since O.J. Simpson’s. Pistorius, 27, has admitted to shooting his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home…

Neighbours heard screams on night Pistorius killed Reeva

Neighbours heard screams in between gunfire on the night Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend, court documents claim. A final volley of shots ‘extinguished’ the screams, according to leaked witness statements. If true, they indicate that Pistorius knew who he was shooting – destroying his claim to have mistaken Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar. Prosecution documents…

Huge rare blue diamond discovered in Africa

An acorn-sized blue diamond, one of the rarest and most coveted gemstones in the world, has been unearthed in South Africa at a mine near the country’s capital Pretoria. The 29.6 carat stone, described as exceptional, is reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars. Photo: Blue diamond recovered at South Africa’s Cullinan mine (Petra diamonds)…

South Africa, world leaders remember Nelson Mandela

World leaders and family members will honor the life and legacy of late South African President Nelson Mandela today in Johannesburg. The planned speakers include U.S. President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and South African President Jacob Zuma.

Nelson Mandela Making ‘Remarkable Progress’ In Hospital

Nelson Mandela’s daughter tells Sky News he is making “remarkable progress” in hospital on the eve of his 95th birthday. In an exclusive interview conducted in the home of the former South African president’s second wife Winnie, Zindzi Mandela says he is communicating with his eyes and hand. She revealed he is also watching television…

Obama Meets With South African Pres. Zuma, Mandela’s Family

President Obama continued his tour of Africa Saturday with his second stop in South Africa where he met with ailing icon Nelson Mandela’s family and also held meetings with current South African President Jacob Zuma. Obama honored Mandela during his meeting with Zuma, saying: “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this…