Bad week for Oscar’s new love

2014-03-09 14:00

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While Oscar Pistorius was listening to the testimony of his ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor, his current love was sitting in a physiology class.

Leah Skye Malan (19), a first-year paramedics student at the University of Johannesburg, was revealed as Pistorius’ new girlfriend last week, just before he went on trial for murder.

Malan and Pistorius have been together for three months – the same length of time Reeva Steenkamp had been in her relationship with Pistorius.

A student at the university said Malan was “just a normal girl who doesn’t like attention and publicity”. At the university’s Doornfontein campus, a fellow student described Malan as shy and quiet.

He said he saw the brunette with friends at the university’s canteen on Thursday morning.

The student community has been buzzing about Malan’s relationship with Pistorius since the news broke last week.

Malan fled all the media attention and didn’t attend classes for a week.

She only returned to campus on Thursday, where her friends have closed ranks in an attempt to protect her.

“The paramedics students protect each other and won’t easily spread rumours about each other,” said another student who asked not to be named.

Yet it was a fellow student who photographed Malan and sold the image and the story of her new relationship to the British tabloid press.

On the steps of the university, a first-year student told City Press Malan and Pistorius are “definitely” in a relationship.

“Leah was very upset when the news about her and Oscar broke,” the student said.

The student described Malan as “one of the friendliest students in the class and she is very mature for her age”.

Malan did not show up for her next class when other ­students warned her there were reporters on campus who wanted to talk to her.

During City Press’ visit to campus, there were several international reporters who were also trying to find Malan.

Campus security would not allow photographers to take any pictures of Malan or the university and asked them to leave the campus.

Leah’s mother, Beverley-Ann, said she had nothing to say to the media.

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