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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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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