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South African prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict

Oscar Pistorius on his way to jail after sentencing. Credit: Reuters

South African prosecutors have said that they will appeal the verdict and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Former Olympic athlete Pistorius was found guilty of manslaughter over the killing for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Meyiwa 'a legend in the making' - minister

South Africa's minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula has described Senzo Meyiwa as 'a legend in the making'.

The Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot dead by burglars at his girlfriend's house on Sunday.

Senzo Meyiwa was the South Africa international captain. Credit: Reuters

"We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to Senzo Meyiwa's family, his club, Orlando Pirates, the nation and the entire football and sporting fraternity," Mbalula said.

"The death of Senzo Meyiwa has robbed this country of an icon and a legend in the making."



Reeva Steenkamp's parents: Justice has not been done

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp June and Barry told ITV News that they do not believe justice has been done.

Oscar Pistorius let the pressure 'get to him'

Oscar Pistorius had "the dreams of all the disabled people out there" resting on his shoulders, according to his former lawyer Wergele McKenzie.

Mr McKenzie told ITV News he believes Pistorius was letting the pressure "get to him" before the night he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Verdict wait 'tougher than preparing for Olympics'

Oscar Pistorius' former agent Ray Wicksell said the wait for the court judgement was "harder than trying to prepare for any Olympic Games" for the athlete.

Speaking before today's verdict, he told ITV News: "This whole court decision is tougher than anything he can imagine times it by a million."

Uncle: Verdict a 'big burden' off Oscar's shoulders

The uncle of Oscar Pistorius said the family were "deeply affected by the devastating and tragic" death of Reeva Steenkamp and added that the athlete being cleared of murder was a "big burden" off the Olympian's shoulders.

Arnold Pistorius delivering a statement. Credit: ITV News

Arnold Pistorius said: "[We want to] show how grateful we are to the judge after she found him not guilty, the verdict is a big burden of our shoulders and Oscar's.

"We always knew the facts of the matter and never doubted Oscar's version of this tragic incident."

He added: "There's no victors in this, we as a family remain deeply affected by this devastating and tragic event and it won't bring Reeva back but our hearts go out to her family and friends."

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