Threats against Oscar’s life – Barry Roux

2014-10-16 12:34

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Since the start of Oscar Pistorius’ trial, there have been threats against his life, the North Gauteng High Court has heard.

“There were threats against Mr Pistorius. Didn't they bring this to your attention?” Barry Roux, for Pistorius, asked acting national commissioner of correctional services Zach Modise.

Modise said he was not aware of threats and none of them had been brought to his attention.

Roux said there were various media reports where an inmate threatened Pistorius after he shot dead his law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On March 5, Pretoria News reported that leader of the 26s prison gang Khalil Subjee, said that should Pistorius be convicted and jailed for Steenkamp's death, his wealth would not buy him a lavish prison lifestyle – instead he would “be taken out”.

Speaking from a prison call box Subjee (47) said: “If he thinks he is going to come here and buy his way to get computers and cellphones and a lavish lifestyle, he must know that will never happen for as long as I am around,” said the man who claims to control all the inland prisons.

Subjee stabbed Chris Hani's killer Clive Derby-Lewis at the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

Modise said that he was not aware of the threat against Pistorius. He said prison officials were investigating the stabbing of Derby-Lewis.

“What happened, is strange, we are investigating. He was their cleaner, something must have gone wrong,” he said.

Roux said he was pointing it out because Subjee would do something.

Modise also said if Pistorius went to prison, he would go to a facility that caters for his disability.

“He should go to a unit in the correctional facility that is earmarked to deal with a person with his disability,” Modise said.

Roux said since the conditions in prisons were highlighted as not being equipped for people with disabilities, he had received many calls from department officials.

“Let me disclose to you ... I received many calls from wardens telling me that there are no baths [and] shower doors [are] broken ... in prisons,” Roux said.

Modise responded: "What you put to me is not true. It is interesting that correctional services officials are calling Mr Roux.”

He said there were no baths in the normal section of prisons but there were baths in the health facilities.

He denied that shower doors were broken.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.