I broke this story about the Deputy President flying on a Gupta owned plane in August 2015. Many more Gupta stories were to follow…
Over the course of 2015, I did numerous stories and interviews about the allegations against former stockbroker Sidney Frankel. You can watch the interviews and read the stories here:
Today the Correctional Services Department confirmed that it has recommended to the Parole Board that Oscar Pistorius be released on probation on 21 August. The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the State’s appeal against Pistorius’s murder acquittal in November, three months later.
We always knew that Pistorius would be eligible for parole in August, after serving 1/6 of his five year sentence. According to Section 2761(a) of the Criminal Procedure Act, this is at the discretion of the Commissioner of Prisons. So essentially, it’s up to Zach Modise to decide whether or not Pistorius can serve out the remainder of his sentence at home doing community service. This doesn’t mean that he is ‘free’ – he’s still serving his sentence but at home and under strict conditions. You can read more about the application of the law when it comes to parole here:
Here’s the kicker though – if the Supreme Court of Appeal decides in November that Judge Thokozile Masipa was wrong and Pistorius should be convicted of murder, the athlete could then be sent back to prison to serve a 15 year jail term. The NPA is not technically appealing the sentence because it doesn’t need to. The sentence will automatically be converted if he’s convicted of murder by the SCA.
I’m incredibly excited about this – as of the June edition, I’ll be writing a monthly investigative feature article for marie claire magazine. The first feature is on former Vlakplaas commander Eugene de Kock and whether South Africa is ready to forgive him or not. The feature will be accompanied by a monthly podcast too.
The day after George Louca died, my colleague Mia Lindeque went to the High Court to speak to Radovan Krejcir about his reaction to the death of his former friend. Krejcir said he wasn’t mourning Louca’s passing but he did want to clear his name.
Watch the video of Krejcir here.