Comedians find humour in Oscar trial

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oscar thursday REUTERS Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Pretoria - Today a bucket, tomorrow a toilet. As the Pistorius trial heads for day ten, everybody's favourite non-fiction court room drama is making for comedy too.

Chester Missing joked: “That's not rain over Pretoria, it's witnesses sweating before Barry Roux.”

Perhaps there would be justice for voters and tax payers, the satirist continued, if Pistorius's tireless lawyer was sent south to Cape Town to cross-examine elected politicians.

“The first hour in Parliament every morning should be Barry Roux asking them questions.”

Nobody has asked Roux how he feels about being world famous suddenly and nobody will ever know what he truly thinks of the sensational matter at hand, but one Internet meme showed him looking more pained than usual.

“I didn't ask for this. And who puts a fan on a balcony anyway?” read the caption in a dig at Pistorius's puzzling claim that on the night Reeva Steenkamp died he got out of bed to bring a fan indoors.

And then there is the door, or as the Daily Maverick put it “THEEEE door!” - the actual one through which Pistorius fired four shots just more than a year ago, killing Reeva Steenkamp.

As everybody now knows it was brought to court on day eight of the trial, with a mock-up of the toilet cubicle to which it was attached in Pistorius's home, and the autographed cricket bat the paralympian used to batter it down.

And so serious evidence became a prop for the stand-ups.

The door is being framed, protested Missing and promised to interview it on Kaya FM.

Perhaps not all of the jokes were intended to be funny. “Deur van Dood”, deadpanned Afrikaans daily on its front page on Thursday.

The Daily Maverick, unfettered by the rules that applied to court reporting until this month, speculated wistfully that the meranti door might prove a less “wooden” witness than Pistorius's friend Darren Fresco.

By day nine, it was still in court, “its silence an eloquent testimony to its mistreatment at police hands,” the news site said.

The willow cricket bat - exhibit one in the trial - was signed by Herschelle Gibbs and everybody now knows this too because Gibbs took to Twitter to volunteer the information.

“Just saw my signature on the bat used by the accused in oscar #neveradullmoment”, Gibbs ((at)hershybru) tweeted, giving another gap to Chester Missing.

“Turns out the cricket bat was signed by Herschelle Gibbs (seriously) so I am surprised it didn't hit the door higher,” he quipped.

If some Twitter posts sound too good to be true, others are.

Like Hillary Clinton once did, Roux now has his own parody account.

“I wasn't able to tweet today. Forgot my phone password and Apple ID. Had to involve the FBI. Long story but glad to be back,” read one post.

Where and when will it all end?

The pretend Roux again: “I think the trial will take a lot longer than scheduled and expected. My bank manager is hoping that this will be the case.”

Another doing the rounds is of a man who reported his car stolen. After questioning by Roux, however, he was no longer sure he had ever owned a car.


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