Oscar Pistorius, PR firm part ways

2013-03-07 07:28
Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee, brother Carl and father Henke, are seen in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court during his bail hearing. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee, brother Carl and father Henke, are seen in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court during his bail hearing. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Johannesburg - Murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius and the public relations company representing him have parted ways, according to a report.

The New Age reported that Vuma Reputation Management started handling media queries for the Pistorius family the day after Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home.

The company denied suggestions that the decision to part ways had anything to do with controversial comments made to the British media by Oscar's father, Henke Pistorius, that the family needed guns as the ANC government was not doing enough to protect white people in the country.

"Absolutely not, it has nothing to do with the comments. We are in the process of handing over everything to the family as our contract with them was only for two weeks," Vuma spokesperson Lunice Johnston told the newspaper.

Johnston added that the family now believe they can handle the media themselves.

"Our relationship with the family is still good and we will still keep in contact with them."

However, Pistorius's uncle, Arnold Pistorius, said in a statement earlier this week that the family would no longer be communicating with the media.

"We are still in deep mourning, trying to come to terms with what happened. For this reason and out of respect for the Steenkamp family, the Pistorius family will not grant any media interviews at this time."

The statement also distanced the family from the controversial comments made by Henke Pistorius, saying it was "deeply concerned" about his claims, and that these did not represent the views of Oscar Pistorius and the rest of the family.

Henke Pistorius's interview was "unapproved by our media liaison team", Arnold Pistorius said.

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