NPA and law expert agree Oscar's sentence not proportionate to the crime

Criminal law expert, Zola Majavu, says he supports of the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to appeal Oscar Pistorius six-year sentence.

I was not surprised at all. I would be surprised if they had not.

Zola Majavu, criminal law expert

Majavu placed emphasis on the prescribed minimum sentence for murder, and how this was not met during the sentencing of Pistorius.

It’s not about correct or incorrect, at the end of the day it’s about a judiciary exercise of a discretion.

Zola Majavu, criminal law expert

What the law says is that if Xolani is found guilty of murder he is at least looking at 15 years, unless there are seriously compelling circumstances that allow a deviation downwards.

Zola Majavu, criminal law expert

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The NPA says Pistorius's sentencing was "shockingly lenient".

Afternoon Drive's Xolani Gwala asked Bulelwa Makeke, NPA chief director of communications, if the appeals won't drag the case on for too long.

At a high level, the real issue is when you are feeling that the sentence is not proportionate to the crime. The whole purpose of having a prescribed minimum sentence is to provide some sort of guidance for the entire criminal justice.

Bulelwa Makeke, NPA chief director of communication

In the court of events when litigants are not agreeing, then the appeal system is in place to make use of to see if a different court can come to a different conclusion.

Bulelwa Makeke, NPA chief director of communication

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