May 28, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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‘Private prosecutions explained’: Barry Bateman joins up with Gerrie Nel

Former radio journalist and author Barry Bateman, who rose to national prominence during the Oscar Pistorius trial, joins former prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Bateman said in a Twitter announcement Thursday that he will join AfriForum’s Private Prosecutor’s Office as Communications Manager.

He said he intends to focus on bringing some of the internal workings of the Private Prosecutor’s Office to the fore and writing extensively on the concept of the Private Prosecutor’s Office.< /p>


Bateman co-authored the book Behind the Door with colleague Mandy Wiener about the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the February 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

“A lot of the biggest stories I’ve followed in my career have been about holding those in power to account. Joining Nel’s team will contribute to this work, albeit from a different perspective. I look forward to bridging the gap between the incredible work of the unit and newsrooms across the country,” Bateman said.

Nel, formerly Chief Prosecutor in the Pistorius Trial, said, “Barry is another arrow in our quiver to deal with selective law enforcement and the collapse of the criminal justice system. He brings outstanding skills that will undoubtedly complement our strategy to further establish and develop the concept of private prosecution.”

The correctional facility announced at the end of last year that preparations for a victim-offender dialogue are underway should be checked whether Pistorius can be released on parole. The former Paralympian is serving a sentence of 13 years and five months.

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