The South African Supreme Court of Appeal's unanimous decision to find Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder by overturning a lower court's verdict of culpable homicide has important implications for the country's judicial system.
Oscar Pistorius was sentenced in South Africa today to five years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his then-girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
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.