Henke Pistorius comments 'unapproved'

2013-03-05 09:48

Pretoria - The family of murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius said in a statement on Tuesday that it distanced itself from a controversial statement made by the paralympian’s father.

Henke Pistorius told the UK's Telegraph and Daily Mirror newspapers that his son needed guns because the ANC government failed to protect white people.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Pistorius’s family said it was “deeply concerned about the comments made” and that it distanced itself from them.

Weapons for sport, hunting

“The Pistorius family own weapons purely for sport and hunting purposes,” said Arnold Pistorius, the family spokesperson and the athlete’s uncle.

“Henke’s interview with the newspaper was unapproved by our media liaison team,” Arnold said.

“The comments [don’t] represent the views of Oscar or the rest of the Pistorius family.”

The paralympian star has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot four times at his luxury Pretoria home. He claims that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

“We are acutely aware of the fact that we are only at the beginning of a long road to prove that what happened to Reeva Steenkamp was a terrible accident and that Oscar never intended to harm her, let alone cause her death.

“As a family, and Oscar in particular, we will never be the same after the tragic events on 14 February this year.

“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,” Arnold Pistorius said.