Schlagwort-Archive: Trial

Ubuntu in Germany Column

Oscar is guilty of murder and so a worldwide chapter closes

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is a South African journalist and speaking in her column about the country of her birth. She had lived in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

The Oscar Pistorius trial has been intertwined in my life since it began – I posted on Facebook on Valentine’s Day 2013 saying crime drove him to it (not knowing the whole story), discussed it with colleagues while watching the trial live from a work laptop in Germany and listened to the first verdict while packing for South Africa. Now I am working in Johannesburg as the second verdict delivers true justice. Small world…

Oscar guilty

© Oscar Pistorius now found guilty of murder, as seen from South Africa.

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Oscar Pistorius – between anger and opinions

A Nation without empathy? A frightening thought

(Author: Norah Ngobeni)

Throughout Oscar Pistorius’ verdict and sentencing, I was saddened and alarmed at how vindictive and opinionated we can be as a society. Most of us had something to say on the subject either through the social media, print, radio and television as well as to friends, family and colleagues, anyone who could listen including strangers. In between our anger and opinions as well as playing judge, we sometimes failed to reflect on other issues pertinent to the case.

Mike Mackay

© The Oscar Pistorius’ verdict shows how vindictive the South African society is. Anyone is judging on social media. But this situation could be a danger for the community. Citizens failed to reflect on other issues pertinent to the case. (Source: flickr/ Mike Mackay)

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

And the Oscar goes to….

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

Valentine’s Day in 2013 dawned with the shocking news that the lithe, disabled sportsman, Oscar Pistorius had shot his blonde model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp dead while claiming he thought she was a robber out to hurt him. I wrote about the German media coverage at the time – now a year later, Europeans and ex-pats are glued to their TV sets or radios to keep up with the live trial.

Oscar radio Ubuntu

© Posed picture – In real-life I only listen to the live trial, while working frantically. Watching telly like this would be very dangerous for anybody during work hours! Totally impossible to watch and work – although it seems a few friends on Facebook are managing to do this.

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Anti-apartheid activist dies in Germany

Veteran anti-apartheid activist Eric Singh dies in Berlin, days before his planned return to South Africa

(Editor: Anli Serfontein, South African journalist in Berlin)

Veteran anti-apartheid activist Eric Singh (81) dies in Berlin on Tuesday 11 February 2014, only days before he was due to fly to South Africa to spend his last days with his closest relatives.

© Veteran anti-apartheid activist Eric Singh (81) dies in Berlin. The South African citizen was responsible for the magazine production of Sechaba the ANC mouthpiece in exile. He was also for many years the face of the ANC in East Germany

© Veteran anti-apartheid activist Eric Singh (81) dies in Berlin. The South African citizen was responsible for the magazine production of Sechaba the ANC mouthpiece in exile. He was also for many years the face of the ANC in East Germany

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

South Africa would have handled the NSU trial better

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

Germany recently began the largest trial in its history post-WWII –the NSU trial, which is examining the murders of eight Turks, a Greek, a German policewoman and 15 bank robberies by a neo-Nazi gang over the period of seven years.

© National Socialist Underground (NSU) members Mundlos, Zschäpe and Böhnhardt. South Africa would have handled the NSU trial better, says Ubuntu-Columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski. (Source: Bundeskriminalamt)

© National Socialist Underground (NSU) members Mundlos, Zschäpe and Böhnhardt. South Africa would have handled the NSU trial better, says Ubuntu-Columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski. (Source: Bundeskriminalamt)

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Im Zweifel für das Justizsystem Südafrikas

Chefermittler Hilton Botha unter Mordverdacht: Pannenserie erfasst auch Pistorius-Fall

(Autor: Ghassan Abid)

Update vom 22.02.2013: Oscar Pistorius kommt gegen Kaution frei. Dem Antrag der Verteidigung ist stattgegeben worden. Die Familie des Sportlers jubelte im Gerichtssaal. Die Staatsanwaltschaft steht unter Druck.

Südafrikanische Rechtsprozesse leiden nicht selten an Verfahrensfehlern und an einer unsauberen Ermittlungsarbeit. Insbesondere im Strafverfahren schleichen sich immer wieder Fälle von unrechtmäßigem Verhalten bei Polizisten, Staatsanwälten und Richtern ein. Zuma und Pistorius teilen in diesem Kontext ausnahmsweise eine Gemeinsamkeit, die die Justiz des Landes in Verruf bringt.

© Jeder demokratische Staat zeichnet sich unter anderem durch die horizontale Gewaltenteilung aus: Exekutive, Legislative und Judikative. In Südafrika ist das Rechtssystem nach wie vor unabhängig, doch offenbarte es in vielen Fällen erhebliche Schwächen. Die Anklageverfahren gegen Präsident Jacob Zuma zeigten, dass noch Handlungsbedarf besteht. Auf dem Foto ist das Pietermaritzburg-Gericht zu sehen, an welchem eine zweifelhafte Staatsanwaltschaft tätig wurde. (Quelle: flickr/ champagne for monkeys)

© Jeder demokratische Staat zeichnet sich unter anderem durch die horizontale Gewaltenteilung aus: Exekutive, Legislative und Judikative. In Südafrika ist das Rechtssystem nach wie vor unabhängig, doch offenbarte es in vielen Fällen erhebliche Schwächen. Die Anklageverfahren gegen Präsident Jacob Zuma zeigten, dass noch Handlungsbedarf besteht. Auf dem Foto ist das Pietermaritzburg-Gericht zu sehen, an welchem eine zweifelhafte Staatsanwaltschaft tätig wurde. (Quelle: flickr/ champagne for monkeys)

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