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    Jury trials have been banned in South Africa for a long time due to fears of racial prejudice among jury members and they actually had trouble getting jury members, people are afraid to serve and it is a financial burden for a lot of people too. Judge Thokozile Masipa is a black woman. She has a strong history of tough sentences for crimes against women. On handing down life sentences to two rapists she argued that the crime was on the rise to such an extent that it was undermining the fabric of society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seylz_gurl View Post
    Jury trials have been banned in South Africa for a long time due to fears of racial prejudice among jury members and they actually had trouble getting jury members, people are afraid to serve and it is a financial burden for a lot of people too. Judge Thokozile Masipa is a black woman. She has a strong history of tough sentences for crimes against women. On handing down life sentences to two rapists she argued that the crime was on the rise to such an extent that it was undermining the fabric of society.
    Rape is at epidemic rates due to the misguided belief that sex with a virgin cures STDs..The rape of pre-teen and younger girls is horribly common approx 1 in 2 women face being raped .


    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa is in shock over a surge in the rape of children and even babies, fueled by a myth that sex with a virgin will protect a man against AIDS, activists said on Monday. When six men appeared in court in the Northern Cape town of Upington for the rape of a nine-month-old girl on Monday, some 3,000 protesters demonstrated outside demanding the reinstatement of the death penalty for the alleged attackers. "South Africa has reached a new low...it's one case of many," said Kelly Hatfield, director of a group called People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA). "A lot of it is to do with the myth that a man will be cured of AIDS by having sex with a virgin, and how much more virginal can you get than a baby?" Instead of decreasing with more AIDS education, the myth had taken hold in South African society, she said. South Africa already has the world's highest incidence of rape. Three days before the nine-month-old was attacked last week, a three-year-old was raped, allegedly by her grandfather. In the same week a 14-month-old was assaulted by her two uncles. Police statistics reveal that 21,000 cases of child rape or assault were reported in the past year. Most were committed by male relatives of the victims
    http://www.rense.com/general16/AIDSvirginmyth.htm


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    Pistorius confident he will win bid to serve minimum jail sentence for murder


    Oscar Pistorius and his family are confident that he will win his final appeal to serve the minimum jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a friend has claimed.
    The South African Paralympic gold medallist, who is serving a six year sentence for murdering model Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, is said to have a 'positive outlook' about next month's appeal hearing, a source told The Sun.
    State prosecutors are challenging Pistorius' latest six year sentence, arguing it was too lenient as it was less than half the 15-years they sought.
    Pistorius' family have stood by him throughout his controversial and lengthy legal battle and in August his uncle Arnold shared a photo showing a side to the 30-year-old sport star that is not often seen.

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    Pistorius will be one of the longest serving inmates to be held at Atteridgeville and one of only a handful of prisoners to be convicted of murder.
    The jail takes only 'low risk, non-violent' offenders serving sentences of zero to six years.
    Although the former track star was convicted of repeatedly shooting defenceless Steenkamp, then 29, through a locked door, he is considered by prison management to be 'low risk'.
    The athlete, known as the Blade Runner for his carbon-fibre prosthetics, was treated for wrist injuries in August 2016 but prison services said he denied trying to kill himself.
    Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison in July after being found guilty of murdering Steenkamp on appeal in December 2015.
    The track star originally received a five-year sentence for a manslaughter conviction, that was upgraded to murder on appeal.
    Pistorius says he shot dead Steenkamp by accident after mistaking her for an intruder in his house.


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