Bogus NPA official nabbed for Oscar swindle

A 33-year-old man, who pretended to be a National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) official, was arrested on Friday after he received cash in exchange for services which allegedly included having Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ murder case destroyed. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said the man was arrested in Pretoria soon[…]

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Jordanian film nominated for an Oscar

Theeb, a Jordanian film about a young Bedouin boy during the first World War, has been nominated for an Academy Award. If the coming-of-age desert drama, which was funded by film organisations in the UAE, Qatar, Jordan and the UK, wins at the ceremony on February 28, it will become[…]

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Justice system under spotlight thanks to Oscar

South Africa’s justice system has come under increased scrutiny in media coverage over the past 18 months, principally driven by the Oscar Pistorius saga, a media analysis company said on Tuesday. According to Media Tenor, the expected early release of Pistorius this month raised questions surrounding South Africa’s ability to[…]

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‘American Sniper’ should not be nominated for an Oscar

OPINION by Ramzi Kassem- “They’re savages! It’s not about them! It’s about us!” In that exchange between the protagonist, Chris Kyle, a man who holds the dubious distinction of being the most lethal sniper in American military history, and his wife, lies the central conceit of “American Sniper”, nominated in[…]

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Nel seeks to discredit defence witnesses

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel tried to discredit two of the witnesses called by Oscar Pistorius’s defence in sentencing procedures in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday. Barry Roux, for Pistorius, called three witnesses on Monday — the athlete’s psychologist Dr Lore Hartzenberg, his manager Petrus van Zyl, and correctional services[…]

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