South Africans have weighed in on the new Oscar Pistorius documentary released (internationally) by the BBC on 7 November…

Those who were able to see the four-part documentary, entitled “The Trials of Oscar Pistorius” before its official screening in South Africa, have criticised the BBC for portraying Pistorius as a fallen hero. They say the documentary casts him in a positive light, and doesn’t focus on the fact that he gunned down his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in cold blood.

Many tweeted “Where’s Reeva?” Querying the glaring absence of her side of the story in the documentary.

South Africans weren’t the only ones unimpressed by the portrayal of the Blade Runner and the apparent complete omission of Reeva Steenkamp and her family.

Reeva Steenkamp was murdered. Shame on the BBC for forgetting,” penned Sonia Sodha – chief leader writer at the Observer and Guardian.

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“Watched 45 minutes of the #OscarPistorius documentary before turning it off in disgust,” tweeted Lisa Katsiaris. “A one-sided programme that lionises a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend #ReevaSteenkamp, and appears to be asking us to feel sorry for him. Very poorly judged @BBC.”

Here are more criticisms from viewers who watched the documentary:




If you want to watch the doccie, you can catch it on DStv channel 218 from 19 November.

  • Part 1: Thursday 19 November at 20:00.
  • Part 2: Thursday 26 November at 20:00.
  • Part 3: Thursday 3 December at 20:00.
  • Part 4: Thursday 10 December at 20:00.
  • Repeats of every episode will be broadcast on each following Sunday, from 20:00.


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