The world has been gripped by the legal case featuring South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius since news broke of the death of model Reeva Steenkamp at his home in 2013. The controversy over the murder case that was heard from March 2013, and was finally decided on September 12th 2014. Despite a verdict being delivered by judge Thokozile Masipa of culpable homicide the case has not yet been completely decided as appeals continue to be heard over one year since the initial decision was reached in the case.
The media has played an important role in presenting the details of the Pistorius case to the world, particularly in explaining the often difficult to understand South African legal system to people in different countries. One well known face who has been seen on news channels around the world throughout the case is Brenda Wardle, one of the best known legal analysts in South Africa. Wardle played an important role in providing expert analysis for global news agencies during the case as the different options in the South African legal system had to be explained to interested viewers throughout the world.
There is more to the work of Brenda Wardle than simply providing legal analysis for the media, she is also well known as a legal expert in South Africa creating research papers for some of the most respected journals in the country. As the daughter of a South African woman and an English father Brenda Wardle has lived a life that is an enjoyable story to hear, which has been reflected in the short stories and autobiographical novel she completed in recent years. The latest work by Wardle will focus on the Pistorius trial and provide a narrative alongside the legal analysis she has become known for.
The Pistorius trial may be over in its initial stages, but looks set to rumble on for many years to come after the story told by Pistorius about how Reeva Steenkamp died in his bathroom has been discarded by two courts.