Gender Equality Says Oscar Pistorius’ 6-year Sentence Is Woefully Inadequate


The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is disappointed with Oscar Pistorius’ 6-year Sentence.

To the Commission, Oscar Pistorius’ crime is grievous in nature and deserves the 15-year minimum sentence.

It argued that Oscar Pistorius’ 6-year Sentence belittles the experiences of the victims of gender based violence.

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A statement the Commission issued in this regard says: “The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is disappointed at the judgement handed down against Oscar Pistorius by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

The Commission is of the view that the crime of murder perpetrated by Oscar Pistorius was of such a grievous nature that it warranted, at least, the 15-year minimum sentence as prescribed in the Criminal Procedures Act.

The 6-year sentence imposed by Judge Masipa is therefore woefully inadequate given the nature of the crime committed. And in our considered view, fails to convey the necessary message of deterrence against perpetrators of similar lethal violence…especially against women.”

Highlighting that women are being killed by their intimate partners in South Africa, the Commission added that Oscar Pistorius’ 6-year Sentence belittles the experiences of the victims of gender based violence.

We say this notwithstanding Judge Masipa’s unequivocal statement that the murder of Reeva Steenkamp was not a case of gender based violence.”

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Above all, the Commission says it is pleased that South Africa’s Judicial System made provision for self-correction.

“(We are) particularly pleased that our Judicial System allowed for self-correction. As evidenced by the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to change the conviction of Pistorius from culpable homicide to murder. And, referred the matter back to the trial court for re-sentencing.”

The Commission nonetheless, emphasized that Oscar Pistorius’ 6-year Sentence is woefully inadequate and disappointing.

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