In the foundation of South African law you can’t convict someone of being guilty when there is still doubt. The evidence that was presented was why he got the verdict that he did, not so much that he wasn’t guilty or he didn’t murder her but his lawyer played it so well that he created doubt.
Ngaa Murombedzi, Development Studies Honours
Probably the fact that he wasn’t found [guilty] for murder and also that there was so much support on his side so even though he did murder her he still has a lot of support.
Shanaz Robson, 2nd year BA
As a law student I think Judge Masipa didn’t handle it well enough. I think she overlooked certain aspects in law that were very important and that’s why it’s going to be revisited.
Onke Mazaleni, 3rd year BCom LLB
Gerrie Nel put up a good fight, the state’s case was strong in my opinion but the problem is at the end of the day it’s in the judge’s hands. Masipa has 15 years’ experience and I have no experience at all in law. When she was reading out the verdict she was precise; she made sense out of it even though I had already convicted him.
Nsovo Baloyi, 3rd year Mining Engineering.
Even though he is now only being found [guilty] for culpable homicide she [Judge Masipa] justified it to the point. Even though people keep saying it’s so corrupt but they can’t justify it they haven’t watched because when you watch it she really did justify why she made the calling but she did contradict herself at some points.
Alex Foulshan, 1st year Occupational Therapy