Thursday September 11, 2014 14h49s25 – Judgement Day

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Thursday September 11, 2014 14h49s25 – Judgement Day

Oscar Pistorius is shepherded through a throng of hundreds of journalists after exiting the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius spent hours in the dock listening to Judge Thokozile Masipa as she deliberated over the case in which Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

In a packed court room Masipa announced that Pistorius could not be found guilty of murder, but stopped short of announcing whether he would be found guilty of culpable homicide.  He would have to wait another day to hear Masipa’s conclusion.

“The state didn’t prove beyond reasonable doubt that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of pre-meditated murder. There are just not enough facts to support such a finding” says Judge Masipa.

While millions tuned in to watch the verdict live on television, hundreds more gathered outside the court in the hopes of glimpsing the Paralympic Gold Medallist as he made the dash to his car.

Among the throng were members of the ANC Woman’s League baying for a harsher punishment.  Others cheered as he left, satisfied with the seeming outcome of the verdict.

Published in: Forbes Online

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EFF protest against R600,000 IEB deposit

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While Oscar Pistorius stood in the Pretoria High Court, members of the EFF party gathered half a block away to protest the South African election boards’ R600,000 candidate deposit fee. the up-and-coming elections will be contested in May this year.  Standing in the pouring rain the EFF cleverly made use of the international media, present for the trial.
In their view, the fee is a means of gate keeping smaller parties from participating in the elections. Shot at 1/1000 f4 ISO 1600 at 24mm

A committee of vultures descend on Oscar Pistorius

It’s going to be one of the biggest stories of 2014 in South Africa, if not the world : Oscar Pistorius. The Olympian with no legs, inspired millions and fell from grace after shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in their house in Pretoria in 2013.

Its an interesting case. Pistorius has openly admitted to killing the model. The question on everyone’s minds is did he murder her, or was it an accident? A year after her death, Pistorius will take to the stand to defend his case. This among tales of botched evidence taking, encrypted cell phones, fired prosecutors and leaked photos is a story that will have viewers from all over the world glued to their televisions.

The media frenzy building up outside of the courtroom is something to mention. Fueled by the world’s interest, journalists have swamped the case like a committee of vultures (no pun intended). Am in the thick of it? Why yes, of course.  Be it in my lounge, or in front of the blade runner himself.

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Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on June 4, 2013. Photo published on the online article on Forbes.com

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Swamped by journalists, photographers and cameramen Pistorius stands in the dock.

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Publications July Forbes Africa Magazine

Publications in the July edition of Forbes Africa Magazine. It was a busy month. Perhaps the highlights were taking photographs during the Oscar Pistorius case; and my rhino story. The photo essay on Rhinos and gold will be coming soon. I can’t release them until they have been published.

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Photographs taken during the Oscar Pistorius court case in Pretoria

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Article on the Free Nelson Mandela Concert, Nelson Mandela was locked in a toilet with Tony Hollingsworth before the concert began.

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Rhino poaching update

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E-tolls

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Frank Buyanga and Nick Kaufman

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Gold, gold, gold