Here is my opinion on matters.
Our understanding of how things actually work in our courts is almost zero, as most of the people commenting, their reference point is what we have seen on American and British movies and television shows.
One of the arguments presented to the court for permission to broadcast live from the court, was that it could help South Africans understand how our justice system actually works.
“I put it to you ” If our national broadcaster really wanted to help educate South African society about our judicial system, then maybe they should implement the Hollywood module of developing and commissioning the production of more local court room themed comedies, movies and television series.
The only locally produced court room drama movie that I can think of, is Gavin Hood’s “Reasonable Man.” This tells the story of a city lawyer (played by Gavin Hood) who comes across the case of a herd boy from a rural Zululand, who killed a one year old baby in the mistaken belief that he was killing “Tokoloshe” (evil spirit). He takes the case and enters a world of African witchcraft and mysticism to discover the truth about the killing. Gavin Hood also directed this movie.
I strongly recommend that you get your hands on a copy of this amazing movie. Unfortunately it did not make much money, but I am sure that it helped Gavin Hood’s CV, which today includes “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”