Security has been stepped up outside Judge Thokozile Masipa’s home following her judgment in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. City Press reported yesterday that police officers from the police’s Tactical Response Team, also known as the amaBerete, have been stationed outside her home. The team escorts her wherever she goes, and checks on her every hour, according to the newspaper. Masipa has come under fire for her judgment, in which she found Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013, but guilty of culpable homicide.
She also found him guilty of one charge of contravening the Firearms Act, but acquitted him on two other charges. Legal experts have questioned her verdict, saying she was far too lenient. The National Prosecuting Authority is likely to apply for leave to appeal against the ruling, once sentencing has taken place in October. NPA officials were said to be “gobsmacked” by the ruling, according to City Press. Steenkamp’s parents told NBC that they believe the judge got it wrong, and Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder, as his version of events did not add up. The family is set to continue its multimillion-rand civil claim against Pistorius, which has been on hold for the duration of the trial, City Press reports.US tycoon Donald Trump tweeted that Masipa was a “total moron”, saying she said Pistorius did not act like a killer. According to City Press, the criticism has bordered on hate speech, defamation, and even contempt of court.