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Oscar Pistorius’ Jail Sentence to be Increased to 13 Years

Six years was "shockingly low."

Incarcerated South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was initially sentenced to six years imprisonment for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is now to serve 13 years.


The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein delivered the judgment this morning (Friday).

This follows the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) asking the SCA to increase Pistorius' sentence, which it considered "shockingly low."

The world-famous athlete, who was arrested in 2013, was initially convicted of culpable homicide.

He was then sentenced to a six-year imprisonment in 2014 by North Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa. He served 10 months in prison, and was, after, placed under house arrest.

But the charge was updated to that of murder in the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2016, after an appeal by The State.

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Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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