‘Grieving’ Oscar hits the town

2013-04-14 14:00

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Murder accused jaunts at up-market Fourways hang-outs with buddies

Oscar Pistorius is still “deeply in mourning” for his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his family says – but he is venturing out after dark again.

His family say they are relieved that Pistorius and some friends visited a restaurant and a cocktail lounge in Joburg last Saturday night.

Pistorius was spotted at the Buddha Ta bar with four men who looked like bodyguards. They arrived early in the evening, before Buddha Ta filled up, and went directly to a VIP lounge.

The Sunday Times reports that Pistorius was first spotted at Kitchen Bar restaurant – also in the Design Quarter shopping centre in Fourways, northern Joburg.

The newspaper reports that he was “drinking shooters” in the company of tow-truck owner Craig Lipschitz and was “flirtatious” with female patrons.

Pistorius did not break any of his bail conditions by going out partying.

He is set to stand trial in June for allegedly murdering Steenkamp in his Pretoria home in February. Pistorius has admitted to shooting Steenkamp, claiming he mistook her for a burglar.

Buddha Ta is an up-market bar and restaurant, with a modern design and a huge Buddha sculpture in the courtyard.

His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, confirmed that Oscar was there with “close friends and mutual acquaintances of Reeva”.

“We are very relieved that Oscar is going out socially again and reaching out to people.

He has made a special effort recently to see his friends and to establish relationships with Reeva’s friends and family. Last Saturday was a special occasion to see all of them together,” Arnold said.

“We would like to see Oscar starting to train again, but it’s clear that he is still deeply in mourning and not able to concentrate on his career,” Arnold said.

“It’s still very difficult for him. He has not been able to process the incident yet. He burst into tears yesterday again. He is a wreck.”

The North Gauteng High Court recently revised Pistorius’ bail conditions after an application by his legal team. He may now travel abroad and drink alcohol.

Pistorius was reportedly very upset last week over remarks made about Steenkamp on social media by women calling themselves the Pistorians – ardent supporters of the athlete.

The Pistorius family said in a statement that the Pistorians’ remarks show no respect for the great pain Reeva’s family and friends are going through.

“There is not a moment in the day that Oscar doesn’t mourn his girlfriend,” the statement read.

“In the past few weeks, Oscar has found comfort spending time and sharing memories with many people who loved her and in places where they shared memories.”

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