Silver Woods Estate 'back to normal'

2013-02-18 18:40

Pretoria - The situation at Silver Woods Estate, in Pretoria, was "back to normal" on Monday after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at paralympian Oscar Pistorius' home there last week.

"The tension is over, people are talking, they are no longer whispering," said domestic worker Andy Maotwe.

But police crime scene tape still surrounded Pistorius' house by 17:00 on Monday, according to another worker.

"There are yellow tapes around the house, but there is no movement," said Johannes Tsamago, who works near Pistorius' house.

Local and international media converged on the golfing estate and motorists took pictures with their cellphones while they drove past after news of the shooting broke on Thursday.

On Monday, as dark rainclouds gathered over the estate, motorists drove by without a second glance.

"My employer told me the latest news this morning and I'm still shocked. I do not know Oscar personally, but after this I'm following any news reports about him," said Maotwe, who works only on Mondays and Thursdays.

She was shocked to see police officers and journalists at the estate on Thursday. Nobody had been able to tell her what had happened, other than that someone had been shot .

Another worker, Maria Sello, said she discussed the shooting with her employer on Monday morning.

"We talked about it, the court proceedings tomorrow and the possible sentence," she said. "We feel sorry for him [Pistorius].

Other workers said they were keen to hear whether Pistorius would be granted bail when he appeared in court on Tuesday.

Pistorius is expected to apply for bail at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The State has indicated that it intends opposing the application.

  • en.gineer.359 - 2013-02-18 19:06 opposed to what? Blood thirsty vampires having a turf war with zombies? What is your definition of things NOT being normal? *when journalists grip at straws*

  • tk.king.752 - 2013-02-18 19:08

    journalists are milking ths oscar story dry...jst thy r gna write tht its sunny at oscar's on

  • melissa.bothe - 2013-02-18 20:42!/takeastandTAS Take A Stand against any violence against women, together we CAN make a difference. God Bless

  • carien.dekker.9 - 2013-02-18 21:35

    José : You should get manners to respect people. Comment section clearly states : The extent to which other users will understand what has been said - The extent of swear words, the degree of insulting language and severity of the tone of the comment towards either a group of people or an individual - News24 Users who abuse the comments facility by posting under existing aliases or who post simply to incite arguments on the board

  • AutumnLeigh.Hendricks - 2013-02-18 21:44

    This story is sad but yet our reality, many women are killed and abused by people they know. I don't feel sorry for Oscar because where there's smoke there's fire, so with that being said his the only one that really knows what happend that morning and we can only hope that he will tell the truth and that justice will be served. My eart and thoughts are with Reeva's family. May her beautiful soul rest in peace*

  • carien.dekker.9 - 2013-02-18 21:47

    Here is wishing the Steenkamp and Pistorius family in finding peace, Who are we to judge the situation we Where not there.

  • janhendrik.vandeventer - 2013-02-18 22:27

    how desperate must a journalist be for a story if they start to have interviews with domestic workers of other people staying in the estate?

  • rooibok - 2013-02-19 07:29

    SilverWoods is not a "golfing" estate. If the stupid journalist doesnt even know that by now how can we believe the rest of this story??

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