Oscar Pistorius – why I have supported him for so long.

Posted in disability, opinion, Parasport on September 20th, 2016 by John Coxon

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From a decade of unpaid professional support as a freelance independent online journalist & professional photographer for paralympic sport & raising & promoting disability awareness I have just two t-shirts & a polo shirt all three of which I actually had to pinch from the media rooms . I also have a signed photo from Oscar Pistorius & treasure all four items.

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I have such treasured memories of the BT Paralympic  World Cup May 2009 at the Sports City complex, Manchester as accredited photographer covering swimming, wheelchair basketball, track cycling & track & field on a voluntary basis for the not for profit global women’s sport news website  Women Sport Report . I so enjoyed it & was happy to attend three consecutive games until sadly London won the right to stage it & making it not cost effective to continue to cover.

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It’s been a mission of mine for the past two decades to provide voluntary support as a photographer & journalist in the field of disability sport & women’s sport particularly because of the lack of parity in media coverage & funding for those two groups.   I also use my special educator background & knowledge of disability to help raise awareness of disability issues using photograph’s of athlete’s I have taken & to try & help change attitudes in positive ways.

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That gap has closed somewhat since 2009 helped enormously by mainstream broadcast coverage of the 2012 & 2016 Olympics & Paralympics.  It was back then I got to see & photograph the athlete who was by then the first global poster boy for Paralympic sport, Oscar Pistorius. For an independent freelance professional photographer we do not enjoy a level playing field when it comes to access where events are taking place & where young upstart event managers provide media pens for us where a big company will have paid handsomely as official photographers with no restrictions where they stand. You can’t get original shots if you are forced to remain in one place & even though I pushed it as far as I could I ran the risk of being ejected from the venue.

It was in 2010 I found a way to get some original shots of Oscar in full flight during his gold medal win in the 400m where even then the stadium was only half full and where on the far side of the track there were no spectators. I slipped through the crowded north stand and secreted myself lying on the ground near the long jump & got superb shots of him as he majestically passed me.

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Back in 2009    that was my first major paralympic event & days w ere long and tiring but I was adrenalin driven. When all the regular establishment media & my freelance colleagues had long left I stayed behind in the empty media room, downloading photos onto my laptop & editing them taking in now and again the remains of the free coffee.  Went out to get some fresh air and there was Oscar sitting waiting for the mandatory drugs test , the last of the day when all the other athletes had gone so I asked if I could keep him company and we chatted for maybe half an hour. He was no attention seeking diva, just an ordinary extra ordinary guy, modest, humble & genuine & very friendly. (Incidentally in my whole professional photography career I have as yet seen no other elite athlete able bodied or not so at ease with fans or who spent more time happily  chatting, signing autographs and having photos taken with them but in no way an attention seeker  or vain just a nice guy not wanting to disappoint people as well as so many  small acts of kindness only a few get to see )

Off track, still modest & courteous but beneath the strong confident man , on his day prosthesis he felt highly anxious & at times acutely vulnerable having had a lifelong history of threat & experience of actual crime.

Moving forward a few years I was devastated when I heard of Reeva’s death & that Oscar had been charged with her murder and yet , having met the guy , but myself always objective, there was no way the man I met was capable of such an act & I believed his version of events & still do to this day after examining in detail all the evidence, court transcripts, psychologists reports plus a mountain of prejudiced media & social media malicious falsehoods  that racked this case up in what was to become the vilest travesty in his country’s  legal history. My dad brought me up to be decent, be myself , independent & fact based in my opinions,  to stand up for what I believe in & support those who are  victims of bad stuff they so did not deserve regardless of the cost. I would also never endorse a product, service or person in whom I did not believe or trust. I trust Oscar & believe in him & whilst it is so tragic that he is responsible for Reeva’s death I know it was an accident & have read nothing in the mountains of research I have done to change that view. He & his family have no voice & thus are unable to speak out & defend themselves from all the abuse they have been subjected to on social media & still being subjected  so I made it my business to be as supportive as possible based on evidence & facts. I have done this in the main via Twitter since it offers the biggest reach in terms of audience . To that end given the 140 character limit I came up with the idea of screen capturing text with a photo making “photocard “tweets to help raise awareness of actual evidence & to challenge what I believe has grown into a gross miscarriage of justice  where this was not a murder or a domestic violence rage killing but a tragic accident , the kind of accident that could happen to any south African home owner armed for self defence against violent armed home intrusions which so many citizens live in real fear of.

Please click on the image below to see an album of my photo tweet cards over on my Facebook.

 

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Oscar Pistorius: God Help RSA Sex crime capital of the world.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6th, 2016 by John Coxon

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The world has  a range of government ideologies loosely labelled modern “democracies.” Even my own, the UK, perversely has a monarchy & aristocracy & career politicians  come from privileged  & wealthy backgrounds & thus appear in  their rhetoric to be represent the people but in reality self-interest.  Our aristocracy represent inherited wealth & at heart our democracy, as with the USA, in terms of power & influence, we are both plutocracies.

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RSA is ruled & has been rule since apartheid ended by one party, shameless ANC, ( Actually Nepotistcally Corrupt ) posturing as a modern democratic party whose founder members originally fought & defeated the colonial elite white majority & crushed apartheid. How sick is it then that a nation with such huge problems in terms of gender & other  inequalities  & world beating crime statistics,  is ruled by one Jacob Zuma , no formal education ( that still shows) dad a humble cop, mum a skivvy & cannot count  lol.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqNa6992ih4

RSA needed a saint to bring it out of the dark ages & found that in Mandela, of noble aboriginal descent, emerging from Robben Island after 25 years imprisonment & then speaking not of revenge but reconciliation & the hope for a fairer future for all any colour.

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Zuma aspires to be as decent & cool as this guy.

What a contrast to Zuma who optimises the abuse of power & restyled himself from freedom fighter to milker of the public purse as if its  emperor with a divine right , building a palace for himself , publicly  funding improvements to that place &  luxury cars for his multiple wives, making nepotism , corruption  & bribery  fundaments of his tyrannical  rule with a huge majority of disadvantaged blind ignorant  masses singing & dancing & then retreating to their hovels,  happy their leader took a limo, at their expense, back to Nkandla  & let’s not get started on a string of sexual offences he has allegedly been investigated for. RSA is the sex crime centre  of the world  .

The ACNWL , were they not an ignorant mass of  racist, media attention seeking ignorant  rent mob female fatties , with a female leader,  Bathabile Dlamini an ANC  minister, who has spent a public purse fortune funding her own  luxury travel, accommodation and life style, could be a force for change  yet where the majority of women they claim to represent  & defend live in poverty and within a society riven with gross gender inequality.   It’s estimated that 500,000 women are raped in South Africa every year with the average woman more likely to be raped than completing  secondary school. A 2009 survey found one in four South African men admitted to raping someone and another survey found one in three women out of 4000 surveyed women said they had been raped in the past year. Rapes are also perpetrated by children (some as young as ten) Child and baby rape incidences are some of the highest in the world, largely as a result of the “virgin cleansing “ &  a number of high-profile cases (sometimes as young as eight months have “outraged the nation.”

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The ANCWL ignoramuses tried to hijack the Oscar Pistorius trial , yet carefully ignore trials of their genuine sexual abusive ANC guys & Zuma. How can you represent women’s rights by dropping your pants , showing your obese backsides or lifting  your shirts  to show your boobs & actually pandering & encouraging  yourselves as objects for  abuse  ?  Defies belief you live in dimshit ignorance, see  Zuma, a sex abuser as saint  & have Oscar down as a domestic violence abuser!  Zuma is , Oscar is not.

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