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March 28, 2013

Law and order in South Africa

Three court rulings have many wondering if they can trust the country's legal system.

Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria Magistrates court on February 22, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. (Liza van Deventer/Getty Images)

Social media was abuzz on Thursday as South Africans reacted to three court rulings: those of Oscar Pistorius, Andries Tatane, and Robert McBride. Many netizens expressed a loss of faith in the country's legal system. Some claimed that money, power and fame affected the verdicts.

The day began when paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, charged with murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend, won an appeal that eased his bail restrictions. He is now allowed to leave South Africa and compete in international track meets.