Gather the Fragments left over so that nothing will be lost

Dearest Oscar

We can’t imagine what you are feeling today. We’ve had nineteen months to prepare for this day and yet it has arrived too soon for us to grapple with its enormity. How will you cope? What will Aimee and Carl do? We pray that Judge Masipa will be merciful and that you will return home to the loving arms of your family, that they’ll take you in their arms and bring you home. That they will reclaim you in the way that, one day soon, you will be able to reclaim yourself.

You have so many loving family members, so many friends, so many supporters who will never let you forget who you and what you have meant to us all. We will gather up all of our memories of you, our admiration, the many ways in which you have inspired us, changed our lives, made us open our eyes and see beyond what is, to what can be and should be and will be if we only try harder and fill our hearts and minds with hope. We will gather up all of these fragments of you and keep them safe until you are ready to reclaim them, but reclaim them you must, Oscar. No matter what happens, you have to pick up those pieces and rebuild who you are, maybe build a different you, but one that will undoubtedly inspire us all over again. Because all that you are can never be lost. Your life has been far too important for that.

Barry Roux spoke of ubuntu, a concept largely unknown outside of South Africa but one we have latched onto because of its inclusiveness, it’s ability to change perceptions, to gather up the fragments of society and knit them into a unified new world; we’ve adopted it because of its downright Oscar-ness. Before this tragedy happened, Oscar, you were seen as the son of Mandela, the boy hero of a new South Africa. Hopefully Judge Masipa will recognise the difference you have made to millions of people, the untold goodness you have spread with that fearless spirit, that beautiful smile. And she’ll let the concept of ubuntu bring you home.

Love Laura and Carly

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Please never lose your empathy and humanity

My dear Oscar,

It has been a few months since I last sent you an email but please know that in all that time I have continued to pray for you and your family, as well as Reeva’s family, and have never wavered in my believe in your innocence.

Never believe that you no longer have any friends!  You have many, many friends all over the world, as well as here in South Africa.  Only your true friends have stayed through this with you.

There will be so many people with you in thought and prayer tomorrow during the sentencing.  Be brave Oscar, and please never lose your empathy and humanity.  You are a special young man and many people still look up to you now and still will in the future.

Love and prayers,
Leigh Roos

Overcoming Difficulties


Dear Oscar

Last night I asked the Archangels about Tuesday. This was their response.

Overcoming Difficulties – Archangel Jeremiel says “The worst is now behind you, and you are surmounting any previous challenges.”

“The challenges you’ve faced have made you stronger and have taught you new lessons. Instead of becoming bitter, you’ve opened your heart with compassion toward people in similar situations. You’ve let go of any blame or feelings of victimhood. This is why you’re now overcoming your previous challenges. Your positive outlook is attracting a loving solution and new situations at a higher level of spiritual understanding. Stay positive!”

Archangel Jeremiel’s name means Mercy of God. When you call upon him he delivers mercy to you and everyone involved.

God bless you Oscar.


We are not The State’s society

Dear Oscar

It’s quietly surreal, that after all this time, this phase comes to an end tomorrow. Over these months I have tried to give you strength and encouragement, through words and thoughts and deeds. But I always wish I could give you more. I wish it with all that I have, for tomorrow I give to you all that I have left to give. I give to you all of my strength, my hope, my humility and my peace.

Go into that courtroom surrounded by those things.

You are loved and cared for. That will never stop. Whatever happens we recognise that this is just one phase. We are not going anywhere. I am 25 years old and I promise you now, I will go with you through life. Whenever you need extra strength and love, you can look to me. There will always be another (and indeed so many) out in the world, in a foreign land who when they see you, will smile so brightly, with happiness and joy and care and love. We are not The State’s society’.

We are with you,

Katie Baldwin