In 2014 the murder of model Reeva Steenkamp hit the headlines around the world because of the part played in her death by Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. The sprinter, who appeared in both the Olympics and Paralympics, has been at the heart of one of the biggest mysteries of the 21st century since he shot Steenkamp through a bathroom door at his South African home. The mystery and many different claims by both the defense and prosecution in the Pistorius trial made headlines around the world as experts gave their view on how the case would play out.
One legal analyst who has become known around the world is Brenda Wardle, who has appeared on news channels across the world as foreign viewers attempt to understand the workings of the South African legal system. Wardle was already well known throughout South Africa for her well known and respected work as a legal analyst providing commentary on many of the most important cases in the country. Wardle has three law degrees in South Africa and heads her own legal analysis company providing expert advice and research on the most pressing legal matters in South Africa.
There is much more to Brenda Wardle than simply her legal skills, which have become the best known aspect of her life and career. The varied life she has led as she rose to the top of the South African legal profession has become the focus of a novel Wardle has written based upon her own life as the daughter of a South African mother and English father. Writing has become even more important in the life of this well known legal expert as Brenda Wardle is now to publish a book based upon the Oscar Pistorius trial.
The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius in 2014 to jail time for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was not the end of the case for legal experts. Appeals and legal battles over the conviction for culpable homicide continue to be fought as the athlete lives under house arrest in South Africa. The fall of one of the best known athletes in the world from global icon and inspiration to the position of a fallen superstar continues to make headlines around the world.