Oscar was always anxious: manager

By Hilda Van Dyk
01 July 2014

Oscar Pistorius always tended to be anxious – regardless of whether they were driving in the car, sitting around the dinner table at his home or if he was in his hotel room.

Oscar Pistorius always tended to be anxious – regardless of whether they were driving in the car, sitting around the dinner table at his home or if he was in his hotel room. This was the testimony of Oscar’s manager Peet van Zyl in the high court in Pretoria this morning. Peet has been Oscar’s manager since 2006. Between May and August, when Oscar competed, they were in each other’s company almost full-time, he said. Also in Italy, where they were based, or went to compete. Alternatively they’d talk just about every day.

'He would tell me, ‘Remember the time I was hijacked and had a firearm against my head’

When they were travelling in a car,  he would tell Peet, "‘Remember the time I was hijacked and had a firearm against my head’. He just wanted to make sure I was safe.”

When they were at Oscar’s house at Silver Woods Estate in the east of Pretoria, security was also the main thing on Oscar’s mind. “I struggled to get him to concentrate. He was fidgety all the time. He would glance around him and ask the domestic worker if she was sure the doors were locked and he’d asked her where the dogs were . . .

When Oscar looked for parking at a function or event it would be in an open space where he had easy access. It also had to be near lighting so the area would be lit up if he needed to walk to his car in the dark.

Overseas Oscar kept himself behind lock and key in his hotel room.

A week before Oscar shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Peet and Oscar met at Oscar’s house. For the first time Oscar asked Peet if he could arrange for Reeva to accompany him to two tournaments, one in Brazil in March and other in Manchester in May.

"They were a loving couple and always called each other by their pet names.”

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