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Brenda Wardle – Not Your Average Broadcaster

Oscar Pistorius was on trial for murdering Reeva Steenkamp with addition to a few other firearm related charges. In March of 2014 the high court of South Africa began its proceedings on the case. Pistorius was found not guilty of murder on September 11, 2014. However, was found guilty of a culpable homicide of Steenkamp including the reckless endangerment with a firearm at a restaurant.

One person who has been watching this trial from day one has been Brenda Wardle. Brenda Wardle has three law degrees and her expertise in law is exceptional. She has pursued a career in law in many different aspects and has published numerous articles in the South African Attorneys Journal. Brenda has even written a book about the trial. Throughout the whole process of the trial, Wardle has been critical as she felt the trial was not handled properly on both sides. Wardle says the defense made all attempts to make Pistorius look so ridiculous that no one would believe what was said. On the other hand, the prosecution was no better. They were unable to unravel the story Pistorius was telling. Each day Brenda went on TV and told the public how the trial went without mincing words.

The opinion of the public on Pistorius was that they felt he was not guilty. People were beginning to believe what the government was telling them regarding the trial. However, Brenda’s opinion was a respected opinion. Her opinion even helped to push the public sentiment and sway public opinion enough to keep focusing the heat towards the prosecution. Brenda Wardle’s reputation had carried a lot of weight during the Oscar Pistorius trial. She continuously updates the nation on the status of the case, without ever giving her personal opinion. She simply states that the trial made South Africa look absolutely terrible. The coverage that she provided was among one of the best of any other news event similar in size in history. In the end, Brenda Wardle proved to the public that the government handled this particular case poorly and made it possible for the public to see the information for themselves. In today’s world, Brenda Wardle is the most poised broadcasters. Any other broadcaster would most likely have been shaken by the gory details of the trial, but not Wardle. She presented all the information without ever getting lost in the coverage.

Watch Brenda Wardle discuss the Pistorius Trial: