Jean-Jacques Cornish

State to appeal Pistorius’s “shockingly lenient” sentence

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Prosecutors in South Africa will appeal against what they call the shockingly lenient sentence handed to Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

The State  believes the sentence is an injustice and has the potential to bring the administration of justice into disrepute.

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On July 6, Judge Thokozile Masipa handed the 29-year-old Paralympic gold athlete  a six-year sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The prescribed minimum custodial sentence for murder is 15 years under South African law,

However  Masipa determined Oscar Pistorius should receive a shorter jail term because of mitigating factors such as his rehabilitation

In her sentencing remarks, she referred to Pistorius as a fallen hero who believed an intruder was behind the door. There was not a shred of evidence he’s knowingly fired at his  model and law graduate, lover

Pistorius’ defence team confirmed the athlete nicknamed blade runner would not appeal his sentence.

His sister Aimee thanked the judge in an interview shortly after he was returned to prison and said she was grateful for setting out her belief that  Steenkamp’s killing was not an act of gender-based violence.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.