PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
TinavoMagaisa
 
Comments: 7
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all TinavoMagaisa's badges.
 

Oscar and South Africa’s search for the ultimate hero

15 February 2013, 10:53

The recent arrest of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has raised a lot of mixed emotions within the South African society. Oscar, despite his disability, came from a well to do family that provided him with everything. However, we can’t take away the fact that he refused to let his disability stop him from him dreams. He became the hero that this country needed and was hero to millions of people in RSA and the world at large.

However, from the start, it has been clear that as a person Oscar has had demons to battle. He had recently become arrogant, with an air that he is a god and can get away with anything, and he has been getting away with it. Here is an athlete who fought the world athletics body to be allowed to compete against able bodied athletes but refused to admit he had lost to another disabled athlete last year. His arrogance knew no boundaries. He took advantage of South Africa’s thirst for a hero. He has been on a personal downward spiral but the mainstream media deliberately failed to report on it, or if they did, they whole story will be about Oscar’s on track antics instead of the alleged crimes that he would have alleged to have committed. That fueled a sense of invincibility in Oscar’s world. In February 2009, the police deliberately failed to take his blood samples after the boat accident, despite pictures of alcohol bottles all over the boat. That resulted in him getting away with it. Main stream media have failed to mention his spending a night in jail for the assault on Casseby Taylor-Memory in September of 2009. Charges were once again dropped the golden boy was on a roll. Nobody, including civic organizations and opposition parties, failed to raise an alarm because South Africa as a whole was yearning for an ultimate hero. In 2011, he allegedly made homophobic comments and once again no-one complained because the allegations where against Oscar. Imagine if it had been an average PSL player who had made these alleged comments? I can only imagine how the media would have had a field day, with Afriforum approaching the Human Right Commission and the DA calling for the sponsors to pull out. But not with Oscar. He had to get away with everything and that didn’t stop there, as Marc Batchelor can testify.

However, the article by Michael Sokolove in The New York Times stating Oscar was “crazy” should have had the nation question whether Oscar was the right ‘hero” we needed.  “You have to quickly understand that he “Oscar” is a little crazy,” the author wrote. The article never saw the light of day here. It also stated that he was gun crazy. I think that should have been a wake up call for South Africa to try to hold the hero to account. Here is a man with a documented violent history and he brags in British and American media that he has even has a machine gun “by a window.” He even drew bad publicity to South African because he painted the country as more or less a war zone where ordinary people like him keep machine guns by their windows. He stopped being a hero there. He became the villain, but the country failed to bring him to book. Why? Why didn’t we complain how a 26-year-old athlete staying in an up market estate, hero worshipped by almost every citizen is this country is allowed by the law to have an armory in his townhouse? He was on the right track to become South Africa’s OJ Simpson or Phil Spector and the nation did nothing because of the fear of losing the Ultimate Hero. Well, we don’t know what is going to happen with the court case and we will presume his innocence until proven guilty but the fact that he was holding the gun that fired 4 shots into the body of his girlfriend will always linger on in a country where majority of women suffer physical or emotional abuse and death at the hands of their partners. In South Africa a woman is more likely to die at the hands of their partner than a stranger and Oscar has become another statistic. He is not the Golden Boy no more. The amount of bad publicity he has brought to the country cannot be quantified. Heroes do not do that. Oscar has let South Africa down.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Holly
Hard, hot rage at our politicians

What is happening in Parliament is a mirror of the anger and frustration of the people of South Africa. Read more...

0 comments 44 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Read more...

0 comments 4 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Meditation

 Read more...

0 comments 4 views
Submitted by
SharksterII
O demon, where art thou?

 Read more...

0 comments 10 views
Submitted by
Pierre Willemse
Springboks vs Italy - Preview

There was a common expectation right after the England test that Heyneke Meyer will make wholesale changes to the starting line up to face Italy. Read more...

1 comments 750 views
Submitted by
Michael Mnguni898
Bafana vs Super Eagles

I watched the game between South Africa with a combination of both excitement and anxiety from the first whistle to the last.  Read more...

7 comments 661 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Senior Java Engineer

Cape Town
Datafin Recruitment

Retail Associates

Western Cape
Oxyon Human Capital Solutions (Pty) Ltd
R4 500 - R5 000 Per Month

Seamstress

Cape Town
Pronto Personnel Services

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

ONE DAY ONLY – Buy 1 book & get 1 FREE!

There are 100’s of hot titles to choose from. Offer valid while stocks last. T&C’s apply. Shop now!

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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.

Settings

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.