Nkandla eclipses Oscar trial

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Johannesburg - The report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead pushed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius' story to second place, figures from media monitoring group DDI revealed on Thursday.

In the past 24 hours, the release of the Nkandla report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was the focus of the media, the Data Driven Insight survey showed.

During that time, Nkandla was the focus for 80.37 percent of the time while Pistorius came in at 19.63 percent.

Madonsela released her report on the costly security upgrades on Zuma's home on Wednesday.

Madonsela said Zuma should have asked questions about the scale, costs, and affordability of security upgrades which could end up being as much as R240 million.

A separate survey on Pistorius' lawyer Barry Roux was also conducted.

The survey analysed how many times Roux used his favourite phrases while cross-examining witnesses in court.

Barry used “My Lady” for 34.71 percent of the time, “I put it to you” stood at 31.66 percent, “I am going to make it easy for you” was at 11.75 percent and “It's not difficult” at 21.88 percent.

The star athlete has been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

His murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria is scheduled to continue until April 4.


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