The State was dealt a heavy blow when, during her judgment, Masipa said Gerrie Nel had failed to prove without reasonable doubt that 27-year-old Oscar Pistorius was guilty of murder.
Masipa had the massive task of reviewing over 4000 pages of documents from the 41-day trial.
Speaking outside the North Gauteng High Court yesterday, Masipa said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that. I took to the public to assist with my judgment.”
Masipa said she had taken the lead from productions such as SA Idols, and had set up a Mxit campaign, in which members of the public were able to vote.”We let them watch, we let them vote. It’s only fair,” she said.
“We have had, how many, ten seasons of Idols, and at least one of our winners over the years has had enough fame to perform at the Pumpkin Festival in Hermanus, so the public is therefore a more reliable witness than technology, people who think they might have heard noises, and even common sense,” Masipa said.
Masipa also said she favoured the jury system and had personally implemented it of her own accord to what she described as ‘great effect.’
As far as the other charges are concerned – most of which relate to firearm offences, Masipa sid the public was of the opinion Pistorius should be hailed as a hero and not convicted.
Mxit is a free messaging service, most popular in the Cape Flats.
#newsbyrory reporters were able to obtain RICA records from anonymous sources late on Thursday night, and found no less than 132 450 cellular phones registered to Oscar Pistorius, with each having more than thirteen Mxit accounts.
“I cannot say much more at this point, other than that I may use Mxit to assist with my decision in sentencing,” Masipa said.
The judgment continued on Friday, where Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide, as well as the shooting incident at Tashas.
Mxit votes dictated too that bail be extended, and that the case be postponed until 13 October when sentencing arguments will begin.
Mr Pistorius shot dead his model and law-graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day at his Pretoria home last year.