4 Nov 2015
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It all started with an SMS from a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time.


Sash: “Any chance of lunch today? Please? Too many stories to catch up on.”

Me: “Wish I could. But on Oscar today.”

Sash: “Oscar?”

Me: “Ya. Oscar Pistorius.”

Sash: “Ag. Do you realise that for you, Oscar is like an ex who keeps coming back?”

I laughed.

At first.

Then it whacked me hard on the head.

Oscar does feature a lot in my life.

I covered all the “Oscar” stories since the day the news broke that he had killed Reeva Steenkamp.  Then, there was the Oscar Trial Channel – 49 days of Oscar.  I got up at 4am, every day for those 49 days and he lived in my head, his images always there, even in my dreams.

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But, when Judge Masipa handed down her judgement, it was obvious it wasn’t over.  I followed his near-release in August and last week, was stationed outside his uncle’s house, after his  release, for real this time.  I know I’ll be there at the State’s appeal against his culpable homicide sentence in November too.

A year after the trial ended, people still ask me about Oscar.

What’s Oscar like?

Is Oscar a nice guy in person?

I’m the wrong person to ask.

I don’t know.

I’ve never met him.

It’s always a revelation when I reveal that.

How can that be?  When you spent hours talking about him?

It’s strange.  Doesn’t make sense.  I get that.

What I don’t get is why nobody asks about Reeva.

Maybe it’s because she’s dead.

And Oscar is alive.

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Devi Govender

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