Pistorius on Time magazine cover

2013-02-28 20:30

Johannesburg - Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius will feature on the cover of the 11 March issue of Time magazine in the United States, Asia, and the South Pacific.

The front page shows a shirtless Pistorius wearing a pair of charcoal-coloured running tights and wearing his iconic running blades.

Printed over his picture are the words: "Man. Superman. Gunman."

According to Time magazine's website, the cover would be backed by a six-page article titled: "Oscar Pistorius and South Africa's culture of violence".

The double-amputee faces a charge of premeditated murder after the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on St Valentine's Day.

He was released on bail of R1m on Friday.

In an affidavit submitted as part of his application for bail, Pistorius said he had thought there was an intruder in his house when he fired the shots.

  • Ruppersberg - 2013-02-28 20:39

    From hero to zero in 10 seconds flat!

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 21:00

      This cover is spot on IMHO. Well done Time, wish our media could depict things so accurately.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 21:06

      Will Time Magazine be told to "Hou jou bek" and not have an opinion? I don't think the Pistorius millions can take on TIME MAGAZINE.

      Gunner ZN - 2013-02-28 21:27

      He he he.. Love the cover. Well said Nurse

      mowelas.arc - 2013-02-28 21:52

      South African producers/ publishers wake up... Americans are raking money right under your noses, earlier it was the documentary now this....... you should be publishing such things... hauweng banna what are you waiting for...??

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2013-02-28 22:21

      Cats, at last another person without blinkers. i thought i was alone. i keep asking the same questions. she did scream after the first shot. she shouted "darling it's me. it is only may arm, shoot again" when are we going to cry for Reeva? when are we going to cry for all the Reevas in South Africa?

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2013-02-28 22:39

      Cats, and all others. another thing that makes OP look even worse is the fact that he had to hire spin doctors to do his talking? what is he really hiding?

      Flippncool - 2013-02-28 22:44

      USA - milking profits from anything the public will east up since.. well, a long time.

      Mike Barnes - 2013-02-28 22:46

      I never knew the had porno on the covers

      fakroddin.khanshaike - 2013-03-01 09:10

      The Blade Gunner

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-03-01 16:20

      I know it’s tragic, but thanks for the publicity, now everyone knows what a hell South Africa has become. So much for the “Miracle” junk on the History channel, the truth is laid bare. Viva Sa, Viva anc

  • Deziree Viljoen - 2013-02-28 20:44

    That should bring in at least a couple thousand 4 him......!!!amazing how some people keep attracting fame and fortune even after making horrible decisions.....!!!

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 21:01

      Time doesn't pay for stories. It's an opinion piece, not an interview in Heat magazine.

      compos.mentis.58 - 2013-03-01 05:42

      You do not really understand how Time magazine works do you Deziree?

      Delilah Drew - 2013-03-01 16:10

      Is Time allowed to use your photograph on their cover without your permission?

  • Wike Mood - 2013-02-28 20:45

    did not know TIME became a b-grade tabloid.

      Tyrone Grobbelaar - 2013-02-28 21:19

      hear hear

      marion.mertins - 2013-02-28 22:14

      I am also surprised ! It's degrading and low for Time Magazine !

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-28 22:38

      Marion, they had Hitler on the cover in 1938 - Man of the Year.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 08:37

      "did not know TIME became a b-grade tabloid." Why? Because they show your hero for what he is?

      Vicky Mwende Sidler - 2013-03-01 10:56

      This is the way Nandos does its marketing. Time magazine is now en par with Nandos :P Seems no one is above it.

  • Amanda Luyt - 2013-02-28 20:49

    i just think it is so sad. A month ago the same press were crawling up his ass and now they are ready to crucify him.

      lydonmcg - 2013-02-28 20:55

      That is not sad. Reeva being dead is what's sad. I have no sympathy for him in the slightest.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 21:02

      Time is a respectable publication of 90 years. This is not the Huisgenoot my dear.

      Gerald Beer - 2013-02-28 21:25

      A month ago he didn't kill Reeva.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 08:38

      A month ago he didn't shot someone.

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      Francois Johannes Botma - 2013-02-28 22:04

      @cats, definitely do not want to argue with you at 3 in the morning. Ever considered anger management?

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2013-02-28 22:26

      Francois, ever consider communicating with your brain? Cats, :)

  • Wike Mood - 2013-02-28 20:58

    see the fanclub is out prays or vigil tonight?

      DolceLucy - 2013-02-28 22:36

      They are quiet indeed.

  • Raven Jimmy - 2013-02-28 20:59

    love, knowledge, discipline, respect, humility and good self esteem in a human can never be bought with fame and fortune

      Jesus - 2013-03-01 02:45

      Guess you've never really had money then.. Ha ha

  • Kevin Kramer - 2013-02-28 21:04

    South Africa does indeed have a culture of violence...fomented by the ANC...Leebarashun BEE four airjukashun...We will ban them weeth our metches...Bring me my machine gun-by the Prz no

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 21:12

      Have you bothered to read the article Kevin? Your lame attempt at humour is pathetic and leads me to believe YOU HAVE NOT...

      Bernard Nienaber - 2013-02-28 21:56

      Kevin this is my WTF face, wish you could see it

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-03-01 07:35

      well south africa has the highest violent crime in the world per capita. impressive

  • Athalia Maabane - 2013-02-28 21:37

    Getting a bit confused by day, is this website still News24 or OP24? Just checking.

      DolceLucy - 2013-02-28 22:39

      Cats Cradle, if I could kiss you now I would. Well said.

      Phillie Jansen van Vuuren - 2013-02-28 23:15

      @Cats Cradle and Nurse What colour is oscars underpants?

      Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-03-01 11:59

      Cats Cradle for president:) well said man

  • andre.krige - 2013-02-28 21:39

    Jack I couldn't agree with you more

  • gratton.rush - 2013-02-28 21:41

    According to the oversees press the police informed the grieving family that her head been battered before he shot her. That she informed him that she was pregnant. People believe this crap and using it to crucify the man. They say don't argue with a fool in you get recognised as one....

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 21:51

      Those publications you are refering to, the National Enquirer & co are gutter press. TIME Magazine, on the other hand, the subject under discussion here is not. TIME is not prone to printing "crap".

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-28 22:42

      Time named Adolf Hitler their Man of the Year in 1938; they're sometimes prone to crap.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 22:57

      Tersia if they did that after he started WW2 it would seem bad. Remember, people are innocent until proven guilty.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-03-01 10:02

      The writing was on the wall long before the war started, for all to see. Well, anyone who was looking and had a brain to interpret what they were seeing.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-01 10:21

      @tersia, so was the writing on the wall for some other people. People with guns, paranoid about security, sleeping with a loaded gun, going to gun ranges when they can't sleep, accidentally firing off shots in a public space... all written on the wall but no one way paying attention.

  • MJS1234 - 2013-02-28 21:43

    As tragic as this story is, and my heart breaks for Reeva's family, maybe there could be one small positive. If our violent culture is being highlighted around the world, maybe, just maybe, it could put pressure on the government to act on it!

      Deborah Lambert Luyt - 2013-02-28 22:20

      My thoughts too..Sadly, it had to take tragedy that would affect the rest of the world before this country would take a stand.Something had to give.Out of bad, good must surely follow.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 08:40

      As long as the ANC cadres are safe behind their walls and security guards, they will do nothing.

  • Mowela's Arc - 2013-02-28 21:49

    South African producers/ publishers wake up... Americans are raking money right under your noses, earlier it was the documentary now this....... you should be publishing such things... hauweng banna what are you waiting for...??

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 22:21

      No Cats, instead we get Heat Magazine publishing a story about an interview that took place a week ago before Reeva was gunned down. A PR puff piece painting OP as such a wonderful person. Where is the JOURNALISM in SA? Did they all emigrate years ago? Methinks so.

      kari.pentikainen.7 - 2013-02-28 22:44

      Media making money. Thats their business. Dont take it to heart. If we read it they will print it, if not it will go away. OP is big big news. Till the next big story. WW3 maybe.!

  • Sidwell 'Feesh' Francis - 2013-02-28 21:50

    Ai,this Oscar guy has really tarnished the image and reputation of SA,and I blame ASA and SASCOC for this...they've created this monster at the expense of one deserving black dude... Otherwise,if Time magazine claims SA has a history of violence,they should trace its actual origins before they waste 6 pages on fabricated assumptions...

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2013-02-28 22:33

      Sidwell, want to elaborate? i guess you are going to come up with apartheid as the origins.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-28 22:43

      Which deserving black dude? And did Verwoerd do it?

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2013-02-28 22:50

      Tersia, there was a black athlete that actually qualified while Oscar did not. his name just escapes me.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 08:41

      They had him on Carte Blanche, he was chosen for the Olympics, but then they removed him to make way for Oscar.

      aj.coetzee.9 - 2013-03-01 14:50

      Whatever Sidwell. His achievements are not an issue here. And SASCOC didnt create a monster. If we didnt have a culture of violent crime he would never have felt the need for a gun, or acting in the cowardly fashion he did whether out of panic, fear, or just plain stupidity. Be glad your mate didnt get to be a SASCOC monster if thats your theory

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 22:08

    All these people saying "Leave Oscar alone" - Please write a letter to the editor of Time Magazine. This story is a global sensation, and ALL for the wrong reasons. Not since the release of Nelson Mandela has the world's focus been on us like this.

      kari.pentikainen.7 - 2013-02-28 23:16

      Always three sides to a story. Only one side gets tell this one. Not ideal me thinks. Not ideal at all.!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 08:43

      The one fact that is from all three sides is: Oscar shot Reeva. He admitted it during his bail hearing. The only debate is, if he did it on purpose or if it was a accident.

  • Hestie Violent-Ink Le Grange - 2013-02-28 22:12

    Wtf this is just so wrong, just because one public figure made a mistake(or not) the whole of S.A has to be exploited... We sure do have a problem with crime/violence but its not like the americans are better off, why don't time magazine publish front page stories on the american gunmen that enters cinemas and schools and take lives of many innocent people just so they can boost their pathetic little egos... I say f*** time magazine for this b.s

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-03-01 07:41

      the americans are far better off my friend. SA has the highest violent crime per capita in the world .. have you been living under a rock ???

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 08:44

      Uhm, Hestie, with 52 murders a day and being the rape capital of the world, it is not just one public figure.

  • Staalburger - 2013-02-28 22:13

    So what did they say when OJ killed his wife. United States culture of violence? At least we haven't has a Columbine or other serious school shoot-outs as in the States.

      MJS1234 - 2013-02-28 22:18

      And please let it stay that way!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-01 08:49

      Looking at the stats: SA got a population of 50 million and we've got 52 murders a day. USA got a population of 300 million and they've got 45 murders a day. Google it, you will be shocked.

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2013-02-28 22:18

    This is a epic FAIL by Time magazine!!! If you wanted to write about south africa's culture of violence then you should have put Anene on the cover not poor Oscar who shot his girlfriend by mistake!!

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 22:40

      The MAIN story is OP here. Anene, and may she RIP, was not a global superstar like Oscar so that is why they did not put her on the cover.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-02-28 23:02

      @Cats... TIME will prove you wrong. Love it.

      Shane Prins - 2013-02-28 23:44

      there really is no cure for stupidity...even if you saw video footage of the killer chasing this poor girl into the toilet end then kill her, you would still find a way to justify his just need a hero in your sad, pathetic little life, dont you?

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2013-02-28 22:21

    America has quite a violent culture too!!!! sweep in front of your own door first!!!

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-03-01 07:43

      incomparable ... seriously catch a wake up Louise ... USA's violent crime per capita is far lower than SA's. and in SA we are prone to under-reporting too

  • petro.marxburger - 2013-02-28 22:31

    live by the sword....and die by the sword.

  • Marinus - 2013-02-28 22:34

    Who the heck is Alex Perry - what does HE know about South Africa other that what he reads?? Rediculous sensation seeker.

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-03-01 07:44

      well you know nothing then too ... facts are facts

  • Nella Kruil - 2013-02-28 22:37

    Reeva who's life was stolen seems to have been forgotten here.

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-03-01 06:23

      True, from day one it was all about Pistorius and min about Reeva, uplift the killer, very sad

      aj.coetzee.9 - 2013-03-01 14:53

      It never was about Reeva. She is an innocent victim like a 3rd party in a car crash. the story is what our society is doing to us and how we all walk around in this here wild west thinking it wont catch up on us that life is not valued here, that killing isnt punished and that even a (ex)star like OP is influenced by fear and paranoia.

  • Nico Myburg - 2013-02-28 22:38

    Love it let the world see whats going on in this country gatvol that the outside world turns a blind eye. On the account of Oscar not perfect that he is used as he has not yet been found guilty but yeah so be it

      Justin Mettew - 2013-03-01 06:36

      Pick one, are violent or are we not. And if we are, then Oscar is a classical example, don't pick and choose who is violent and who is not.

  • Tshego Masemola - 2013-02-28 22:40

    Maybe smthing good wl come out of this tragedy. Its a fact that we live in a violent society. If this is what it takes to highlight this reality, then so be it! Where do I get a copy!

      Sanele Maseko - 2013-03-01 05:51

      We don't need the americans to tell us what they think about us. Yes we are violent but they have lunatics who kills masses for fun

      Justin Mettew - 2013-03-01 06:34

      Are you sure we live 'in a violent society'? Where are you from? *kindly asking

  • Iyanla Jakavula-Jordan - 2013-02-28 22:50

    America, America, land of honey and jam... mxcimm who do they think they are? OP has had enough already, the poor guy will kill himself i tell you, something in me so strong says he made a huge mistake and only God can take him out of this one! We can only Pray!

      WildCatSal - 2013-03-01 01:42

      Killing himself IS his best option, he's going to end up in jail either way! He still committed a very serious crime how ever you look at it! HE BROKE THE LAW!!!!!!!!

  • Thapelo Letsekha - 2013-02-28 23:23

    oscar shouldn't even have g0t that 1million bail..

  • Millar Roberts - 2013-02-28 23:26

    Think before you speak or publish you idiot, don't judge a book by its cover!!!!!!!! Poor Michael, O J, Oscar

  • Millar Roberts - 2013-02-28 23:29

    I will never buy a time magazine again

      DolceLucy - 2013-02-28 23:36

      Oh no! We must alert them straight away!

  • Millar Roberts - 2013-02-28 23:32

    Oh and just so by the way way, Poor Reeva comes from my home Town and yes i miss her but like most of the world we have a justice system

  • Jolene Masha - 2013-02-28 23:59

    America, so tired of you thinking you have an idea of how we live. We can write articles about our news, clearly u made us think we are not compatible. Please let us tell our own stories. Tired of America lost my respect.

      Alaina Turner - 2013-03-01 01:33

      The british lost respect a while back. Theres a large part of the states (mainly the middle bit) that has no clue about what goes on outside the border. They probably think all south africans have pet lions and ride zebras just like they think all brits talk like the queen and eat cucumber sandwiches (at least I dont). If America are going to start sl@gging off the south africans for guns and violence, then they are being slightly two faced. I read somewhere that usa has about 7 to 8 times more guns than SA and about 10 times more than UK. Shocking.

  • debinikita - 2013-03-01 02:03

    @ Cats Cradle.. Yes they did have forensic evidence before 1938. It was called Detective work. But they did have a great deal of knowledge.. Not as good as we have now, but they still did in those days long before you and I were born. Maybe in 2098 they will say the same thing about us.

  • Ace Govender - 2013-03-01 03:57

    Good job SA You made world headlines for all the wrong reasons.

  • Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-01 04:38

    Americans are the ones who lives in a violent society, the have mad people who commit mass murders for no reasons, recently they just had a guy who killed lots of children,that does not happen in South Africa. Oscar Pistorius's is just one unique case of a man who can see things behind closed doors.

  • Sanele Maseko - 2013-03-01 05:53

    Americans what's new they know everything

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-03-01 06:18

    Pistorius is a story on it's own, and another story is this....Oscar Pistorius and South Africa's culture of violence, SOUTH AFRICA'S CULTURE OF VIOLENCE, this is the image the WORLD got of SA, Including Lulu's comments to the world of SA. Thank you Zuma, thank you ANC Government, and thank you for all there supporters. It won't be long till SA got a Zimbabwe image and all of us must swim over the rivers into other country's or hide in ships to get to the USA to escape our ones beautiful country. At least there is still a little bit hope left for us...... 2014/ ANC 30% and the new leaders with 70% is ?????

      Justin Mettew - 2013-03-01 06:31

      Viljoen, don't be parÁnoid like Oscar. The article indicts all South Africans, without substance or merit. Leave Zim. Lulu ANC out of this. Get a life, open your eyes or maybe go live in the US (where it is 'safer').

      sam.makua.10 - 2013-03-01 06:55

      Gideon u just cannot comment on this OP's article without involving Zuma and ANC? Catch a wake up!

  • Pfunzo Ddt Michael - 2013-03-01 06:45

    gunman im so loving this, and im definitely going to buy the magazine

  • atomasicchio - 2013-03-01 06:54

    It seems when you commit a crime you became more famous...just thinking of Pistorius and Armstrong!

  • Matthew Purdon - 2013-03-01 08:02

    I am surprised the American's are talking about South Africa's culture of violence so readily regarding this one murder; when there are people walking in and killing young children at pre-schools, massacring people in cinema's etc, etc all on such a regular basis in their own country.

      Jub Guy - 2013-03-01 10:21

      purdon i thought you people said we have the highest crime rate in south africa

  • Thelma Nkosi - 2013-03-01 08:05

    people have seen an opportunity to make money out of this, they will make millions out of this story

  • craig.s.pepper - 2013-03-01 08:21

    The big Q? How will this affect the legal gun owners??? This is just what the useless and incompetent idiots like Adele from gunfree SA need to push their pathetic agenda to take away our right to self defence.

  • Avalon Janse Van Rensburg - 2013-03-01 08:38

    Money, money and more money... That is all that this is about.. so shameful honestly..

  • Prada Ledger - 2013-03-01 08:38

    I love this cover. No human is infallible. The next cover will be of him and me and the heading will be Oscar and the woman who brought him from the brink.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-01 09:39

      Prada, what are you smoking?

      DolceLucy - 2013-03-01 10:06

      Prada, you are officially one of my favourite trolls.

  • Tim Rolston - 2013-03-01 09:42

    No issue with the cover but SA's culture of violence? Compared to what, the thousands of people shot in the US every year? A little bit of the pot calling the kettle black on that score. Headline for the Mail and Guardian perhaps? US...power.... superpower.....firepower.

      Lanfear - 2013-03-01 11:18

      Read the article. They hammer extensively on the "white elite" for some reason. Don't see how the Pistorius case has anything to do with race. And of course it is pretty rich of them to talk about gun violence in SA, when the US has a lot of gun violence and frequently have school shootings, etc.

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-03-01 09:47

    Sad that we here in the R of SA can only get onto the Time magazines cover this way!

      Jub Guy - 2013-03-01 10:30

      luna your boy has made us proud this is the face of crime in south africa

  • briantebogo - 2013-03-01 10:19

    The definition of "gunman" is: A word sometimes used to describe a criminal, armed with a gun. I guess Time are considering venturing into tabloid journalism.

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2013-03-01 19:51

      Brian, and the problem with this is ????? did Oscar not take a gun and kill someone behind a door ? never mind who it was, just the fact it was a closed door, IS a Crime.

      briantebogo - 2013-03-04 12:42

      I was under the impression only a court can declare one a criminal.

  • Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-03-01 11:52

    Brilliant cover

  • Estelle du Preez - 2013-03-01 15:12

    Why don't you all leave this man alone!!!!!

  • tsepo.mdlalose - 2013-03-01 15:16

    Will the USA also show this in their cinemas? You know.. the place you go to get shot. They're quick to be there to make a juicy story

  • rozannne - 2013-03-01 15:25

    Congratulations to Time - wish SA magazines/editorials could be so accurate!!

  • Steven Pieters - 2013-03-01 16:15

    interesting for an american magazine to report on South african culture of violence .... at least he did not go into a school or public place and kill dozens of people....which we all know has become a common accurance in america.... good example of how to make money out of hypocracy