Category Archives: South Africa

Oscar Pistorious Definitely Guilty Of Stupidity

Along with millions I have closely followed the murder trial of Oscar Pistorious who is accused of murdering his girl friend, Reeva Steenkamp. In all honesty, as I read how each side presents its arguments, I discover that my mind is able to agree with either the prosecution or the defense. But, there are moments when one is left with the feeling that Oscar is all screwed up. He comes across as a man with a chip on his shoulder. This is not surprising since he was born without legs, and a normal reaction to this condition would be some sort of anger at the unfairness of it all. I must admit confusion to the manner in which this trial is conducted since there is no jury, and a defendant accused of murder is allowed to wander around in perfect freedom. This is not exactly how we conduct murder trials in the good old USA.

For example, Oscar decided to go to a night club on Saturday night. Exactly what did he think would occur? Did Oscar really believe, given his fame and the trial that one could be at a night club without being noticed? Huh? Naturally, someone named Jared Mortimer approached the famous athlete, and guess what happened? They got into an argument, shoving ensued, and words were exchanged. Oscar had been drinking and got aggressive. How dumb can Oscar get? While engaged in a murder trial you get into a public fight?

Nelson Mandela, National Security Risk!!

The obsession with NATIONAL SECURITY invariably results in confusion, and expending energy tracking and trailing those who are on your side. Since the end of World War II and, creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States government has gone down hundreds of detours and wrong roads because it was not clear as to who were “the enemy.” Recently released files from the FBI pertaining to South African leader, Nelson Mandela, reveal complete ignorance in the New York FBI office as to who was Nelson Mandela, and what was the African National Congress(AFC). I hate to inform the FBI, but the ANC was formed BEFORE the birth of communism in Russia. Its original goal was creating a society in which those with dark or Asian skin were entitled to equal rights. Mandela was finally released from jail by the Boer bigoted government in the 1990s. However, for some strange reason, the American FBI decided to allocate resources to track this man who was endeavoring to create a just society in South Africa. Did anyone inform the American idiots that Mandela was urging no revenge on whites who killed blacks?

The FBI trailed Mandela when he went on trips. They attempted to monitor his mail, his daily trips to see this or that person, because the FBI was convinced that Mandela was a stooge for communism. Finally, an FBI agent in the Chicago office attempted to inform New York about the background of Mandela and the ANC. But, no one cared, as far as they were concerned, the ANC was “a known Soviet front group.” The history of the CIA makes clear,it has been wrong on most occasions in predicting anything about foreign policy developments. The only success attained by the FBI and the CIA was being wrong about who were threats to our National Security!

Oscar Just A Hypervigilant Person

The seemingly endless trial of Oscar Pistorious continues and continues as defense attorneys present “evidence” that depicts a man who felt threatened and helpless due to having lost his legs and now wears artificial ones. Professor Dwayne Derman of the University of Cape Town whose specialty is physical exercise, told the court his former pupil felt threatened and this was the cause of blasting away. According to the professor, Oscar was frightened and the fact he had artificial legs made him feel helpless. It was a question of flight or fight. He decided to confront death rather than flee from it and thus leave his girl friend, Reeva Steekamp to be brutally raped or killed. He shot her because he was attempting to save her!! There was no evil intention, there was no anger toward Reeva, this man was simply doing his best, despite being crippled to save the girl he love. That is why she is dead.

Professor Derman emphasized that Oscar was behaving in an instinctual fashion. ” A reflex is something that you do not have control over.” Derman learned in working with Pistorious that he was a “hyper vigilante”person. He was “restless looking around and constantly scanning at potential threats” to his being. OK, so he shot her, OK, so she is dead. The important thing is that this man was trying to save his girl friend and that is why she is dead! Blame the threats that exist in South Africa for the murder, not the mane who feared death!

Once More Oscar Pistorious

We Americans had the O.J. Simpson murder trial in the 1990s which provided the entire nation months in which to argue whether or not the black athlete was guilty or whether he was in the court room due to the color of his skin. Inhabitants of South Africa have their own version, the trial of famous legless runner, Oscar Pistorious who is accused of murdering his girl friend. Oscar claims he became frightened of noises in the bathroom fearing it was an intruder, and began to blast away. Alas, it was the girl friend who then died of wounds. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has argued that Pistorious has a bad temper, and this was the cause of the shooting. Oscar simply got into an argument and killed the girl. About a month ago during the trial, a surgeon who had cut off the legs of young Oscar argued that anyone in this condition a “generalized anxiety disorder” due to feeling vulnerable and weak in the face of danger. A month break was taken in the trial and Oscar was studied by psychiatrists.

The report is in. According to psychiatrists who spent hours with Oscar, “Pistorious did not suffer from a mental illness or defect that would have rendered him criminally not responsible for the offence charged.” In other words, he understood “the wrongfulness of his act.” I assume this means, unlike O.J., the verdict will be guilty. Of course, one never knows how a jury confronts a nation’s sport hero?

South Africa Tales Of Going Nowhere

Nelson Mandela died this year, twenty years after he helped the people of South Africa begin the process of creating a modern society in which people of all color skin or religion could dwell in peace and harmony. He is dead and so if this dream. Unfortunately, after he died so did the opportunity to create a society in which dark skinned people could attain a modern level of life. Instead, a small group of black South Africans joined with some white leaders and obtained the good life. This came at the expense of most dark skinned people. Under the leadership of the African National Congress, President Jacob Zuma ordered police and army units to fire upon striking black miners –in the name of law and order!

This week, another election in South Africa. Another victory for the African National Congress and another defeat for the cause of human justice and the end of corruption. The Democratic Alliance witnessed an increase in votes from 175 to 22% but this progressive group of whites, blacks, Indians and coloreds lacks the votes to end poverty and allow all South Africans to enter a modern middle class life.

What’s Wrong, What’s Right In East Africa??

There is overwhelming evidence the continent of Africa is quickly entering the modern economic world as its growth rate of about 6% is among the highest in the world for any region. Each year, millions are leaving rural poverty and entering one form or another of a modern urban existence. Within a decade just about everyone on the continent will have access to phones and other forms of technology. As income rises, the high rate of births will decline which allows for greater prosperity. BUT, the situation in east Africa increasingly is chaotic. Corrupt governments refusal of those in power to allow democratic elections, has allowed small groups to use government for their goals rather than have government serve needs of the nation.

The government of Kenya is completely corrupt. During last year’s attack on a mall in Nairobi, the police cleaned out the mall of its goods after killing terrorists. The Kenyan government lacks an effective and honest police force, it lacks an effective armed force, and it is unable to confront growing Muslim terrorist groups. The United Kingdom just issued a warning to all British tourists at the Mombassa tourist center to leave. Over 400 already have arrived in London and thousands more will soon be gone. Kenya needs an honest effective government that can create an honest effective police force and an Army capable of handling Muslim insurgents.

Fight, Not Flight?

The ongoing saga of Oscar Pistorious continues now that the trial has resumed after a break from proceedings that still baffle me. Anyway, after Chief Prosecutor Nel tore into the Pistorious story, lawyers for the defense felt the need to return once more to the scene of battle with another strategy. In essence, they now argue that a man without legs feels terrified and defenseless and thus is prone to take actions that ordinary men might not. Meryll Voster, a forensic psychiatrist, told the High Court in Pretoria: “When confronted with a threat, Mr. Pistorious is more likely to respond with a ‘fight,’ than a ‘flight’ response as his physical capacity to fight is limited. The safety measures that he implemented at his home appear to have been out of proportion to that of the general South African population.” I do not doubt that is his feeling and those are his fears.

However, this same attitude is also found in America by millions of men and women who possess two working legs. They grab a gun and blast away at a stranger who knocks on their door seeking directions, one man recently blasted a kid who wandered into his garage by mistake. Mr. Pistorious has every right to defend himself PROVIDED THERE WAS A THREAT UPON HIS LIFE! But, no such threat existed!

When Did Reeva Eat?

It is still uncertain in my mind if anyone still has any interest in the ongoing saga of Oscar Pistorious and his shooting of Reeva Steenkamp. The only thing we do know for certain, the only thing both defense and prosecutor agree upon is that Reeva IS dead. OK, they both agree that Oscar did shoot someone which most probably was Reeva. The case is now stalled over the issue as to when did Reeva last eat food before she died. The prosecutor insists the presence of good in her stomach means she had eaten about two hours prior to death. The defense had Christina Lundgren, an expert on food in stomachs testify and she insists one can still have food in the stomach several hours after eating. She cited several examples. So, is Oscar right they ate at 7:00 p.m. and shortly after went to bed or is the prosecution right in arguing they ate and shortly after he killed her?

Oh, social worker Yvette van Schulkwyk saw Oscar after the shooting and says he was “a heart broken man” who rambled on and on about his future plans for Reeva. I assume these great debates will go on and on and on.

Once More Oscar Into Breach

The nation of South Africa, for some reason, does not employ the concept of a trial by jury. Their is a presiding judge and she hears evidence. Since the trial of Oscar Pistorious began a few weeks ago, we initially heard Oscar do a bit of shouting and moaning and groaning and bewailing the death of his girl friend, Reeva Steenkamp. In his original version, she was sound asleep in the bedroom when he heard noises in the bathroom which he interpreted to be those of an intruder which led him to fire four shots through the bathroom door. Alas, no intruder on the other side of the door, just Reeva.

The second version which he presented during a grueling examination by the prosecutor was somewhat different. He then claimed firing four shots accidentally. During this version, he cried, moaned, vomited, and expressed remorse unknown to have been heard in recent times. They decided to take a two week break and now the defense is ready to present fourteen more witnesses who will undoubtedly present still a third version. The world now knows that Oscar could readily win an Oscar for offering the most expressive howls of pain known to the human race. We trust if he must vomit, please do so in a garbage pail along with the other garbage that so far has been presented.

O.J. And Oscar On Trial

It is nearly twenty years since famous athlete O.J. Simpson was on trial charged with murdering a woman he allegedly loved. Oscar Pistorious, a white man in South Africa, is currently on trial for the murder of a woman that he allegedly loved. A white and a black man, a trial which has excited the world and offered ample opportunity for a crusading district attorney to make headlines and for the media to provide non-stop stories concerning the emotional state of the alleged murderer. We, the public, follow avidly each detail, each cross examination, we discuss the events while at work or with friends. We are fascinated, we devour key points that arrive dealing with the act of murder. Did HE really fire the shot or was there a third person who is the key witness to events that unfurled in the night of the murder?

Oh, what a glorious time for those in the media. But, there is something more important. We, the public, want this trial. We want an event in which someone who is powerful, a great athlete is confronting the issue of death and life. In the end, O.J. Simpson, was acquitted for the act of murder, but a large number of people continue to this day believe in his guilt and blame the media for allowing him to escape the death penalty. Ironically, today he is in jail for a different crime. So, what awaits Oscar? Will he escape only to fail at some future moment?

The only victor in either case was the media. So, will it be tomorrow.