'I bought Oscar's house for safety'

2014-08-03 10:49

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It was while listening to evidence presented during Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial that something struck Louwtjie Louwrens: there was very little crime in Pistorius’ suburb.

So when the athlete’s home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria came on the market, 57-year-old Louwrens bought it – and he intends to retire there.

Pistorius is accused by the state of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

It emerged during his trial that most incidents in the estate weren’t even serious enough to involve the police.

“I live in Boksburg, and the crime situation in Silver Lakes is much better. Safety for me and my family is the most important thing. I did it for my family,” Louwrens told City Press’ sister paper, Rapport, this week.

He saw pictures of the house on television and was impressed by the luxurious space with its four bedrooms, five entertainment areas, three garages and sparkling pool.

In 2011 Pistorius put the house on the market for R6.5?million, a full R2?million more than Louwrens bought it for.

It didn’t sell and he took it off the market.

But as his legal bills mounted, the house was put up for sale again.

Louwrens says his purchase wasn’t just a dispassionate business transaction. If he’s honest, he said, there was a sentimental aspect to his decision to put in a bid. His children have always been inspired by the Olympic hero.

“He’s a celeb. And I have tremendous sympathy for him,” said Louwrens.

» Get City Press newspaper today for the full story plus more on Oscar Pistorius' persisting money woes.

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