Threats against Oscar’s life – Barry Roux

2014-10-16 12:34

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Since the start of Oscar Pistorius’ trial, there have been threats against his life, the North Gauteng High Court has heard.

“There were threats against Mr Pistorius. Didn't they bring this to your attention?” Barry Roux, for Pistorius, asked acting national commissioner of correctional services Zach Modise.

Modise said he was not aware of threats and none of them had been brought to his attention.

Roux said there were various media reports where an inmate threatened Pistorius after he shot dead his law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On March 5, Pretoria News reported that leader of the 26s prison gang Khalil Subjee, said that should Pistorius be convicted and jailed for Steenkamp's death, his wealth would not buy him a lavish prison lifestyle – instead he would “be taken out”.

Speaking from a prison call box Subjee (47) said: “If he thinks he is going to come here and buy his way to get computers and cellphones and a lavish lifestyle, he must know that will never happen for as long as I am around,” said the man who claims to control all the inland prisons.

Subjee stabbed Chris Hani's killer Clive Derby-Lewis at the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

Modise said that he was not aware of the threat against Pistorius. He said prison officials were investigating the stabbing of Derby-Lewis.

“What happened, is strange, we are investigating. He was their cleaner, something must have gone wrong,” he said.

Roux said he was pointing it out because Subjee would do something.

Modise also said if Pistorius went to prison, he would go to a facility that caters for his disability.

“He should go to a unit in the correctional facility that is earmarked to deal with a person with his disability,” Modise said.

Roux said since the conditions in prisons were highlighted as not being equipped for people with disabilities, he had received many calls from department officials.

“Let me disclose to you ... I received many calls from wardens telling me that there are no baths [and] shower doors [are] broken ... in prisons,” Roux said.

Modise responded: "What you put to me is not true. It is interesting that correctional services officials are calling Mr Roux.”

He said there were no baths in the normal section of prisons but there were baths in the health facilities.

He denied that shower doors were broken.

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