Oscar Pistorius wanted a Christian partner

2014-04-07 16:22

Oscar Pistorius has told the court he always wanted a “Christian partner” and that Reeva Steenkamp was a “very strong Christian”.

He said his religion was very important to him and said it “doesn’t matter what may come of life, you can always turn to the Lord”.

The athlete also said he was so “bowled over” by Steenkamp that he was ready to move to Joburg to be closer to her.

It was for this reason that renovations were to be done to his Pretoria home.

After a dramatic morning in the North Gauteng High Court in which Pistorius offered an emotional apology to Steenkamp’s friends and family, the athlete spent most of the afternoon testifying about his experience of crime in South Africa.

Advocate Barry Roux asked him if he’d ever been a victim of crime in South Africa, to which he responded: “I think every South African has.”

He said that he had been followed home on two occasions, had been shot at on the highway, that his father had been hijacked twice and that his brother was once in an attempted hijacking.

Pistorius also said there had been a major break-in, when “they ransacked” the house, as well as several other minor burglaries.

He said he was aware that there had previously been a break-in at his security estate where burglars had used ladders to gain access to a house.

This evidence links to what Pistorius said about moving house earlier, because there were ladders outside his home because of the planned renovations.

Pistorius also said that he reported certain threats that were made against him to the Hawks, but that he didn’t pursue it further because he didn’t want it to get into the media.

The murder-accused Paralympian was today given a reprieve from his testimony when court was adjourned early because Pistorius was “exhausted”.

Nel objected half-heartedly to this postponement but Judge Thokozile Masipa agreed that Pistorius “looks exhausted”.

The case resumes tomorrow.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.