Oscar Pistorius is out of jail after serving one year of a five year sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. He is under house arrest in his uncle's Waterkloof home, an upmarket Tshwane suburb. Unless the state appeal to turn his culpable homicide conviction into murder succeeds, he will literally have gotten away with murder.
The media has been abuzz with speculation that South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is poised to make permanent appointments to the leadership of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). Both of these organisations should be playing a crucial role in tackling the wave of corruption currently undermining South Africa. Given the remarkably poor appointments to the top management of criminal justice institutions during the Zuma presidency, there is a great deal of both interest and concern about who will be selected.