ANC: Henke Pistorius comments racist

2013-03-05 13:08
Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl hugs his father, Henke, during the athlete's bail hearing in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl hugs his father, Henke, during the athlete's bail hearing in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The ANC on Tuesday said it rejected comments by Henke Pistorius that the government isn’t properly protecting white people.

This comes after the father of murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius told a UK newspaper that he needed guns for protection because "look at white crime levels, why protection is so poor in this country, it's an aspect of our society".

The governing party’s Jackson Mthembu responded in a statement by saying: “Not only is this statement devoid of truth, it is also racist.

“It is sad that he has chosen to politicise a tragic incident that is still fresh in the minds of those affected and the public.”

Mthembu said Henke Pistorius’s “racist slur” doesn’t help either the paralympian’s family or Reeva Steenkamp's family.

“We think it is ill-advisable for anyone to start apportioning undue blame,” Mthembu said.

The party also welcomed a statement by the athlete’s family who distanced themselves from what was said by Henke Pistorius.

“We call on South Africans to desist from wild and prejudiced speculation. Let us give our courts a chance to deal with this matter,” Mthembu said.

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