Oscar Pistorius Trial: Attention on Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa this week

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

All eyes will be on former social worker and journalist, Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa, this week as she will hand down her judgment in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

The High Court reportedly has a history of dealing harshly with men found guilty of domestic abuse, rape and the murder of women.

Judge Masipa is expected to hand down her verdict this Thursday.

Pistorius stands accused of intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp when he shot her through a toilet door. He maintains he mistook her for an intruder.

Meanwhile, Pistorius has reportedly been advised to stay out of the public eye until Thursday. He is not to tweet, eat out at a restaurant, and should definitely not get involved in any kind of altercation while his legal team is likely preparing for Thursday’s outcome.

Judge Masipa, meanwhile, is described by those who know her as knowledgeable and reserved. In one previous case, she gave a policeman a life sentence for shooting and killing his estranged wife in an argument over their divorce settlement.

Photo caption: All eyes will be on former social worker and journalist, Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa, this week as she will hand down her judgment in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial.