It is hard for many South Africans not to draw the conclusion that in spite of racial progress, white lives have more value than black ones.
The Pistorius case presents no evidence of planning. To the contrary, if there is testimony that a heated argument preceded the murder, then that is more supportive of negligent homicide than premeditated murder.
On a purely academic level, the Oscar Pistorius trial is a perfect example of why we need the strong and fair justice system that will allow society to search for the truth of what happened that night.
Are we all victims of summary trial by the media without the full facts? We have been taught through the Internet, tweeting and unethical and unrelenting investigative journalism to believe the worst. So let's not judge this Paralympic champion until we know exactly what happened.