'He slipped, that's all': Oscar's family reacts

By Petrus Malherbe
07 August 2016

Oscar Pistorius' family confirmed he is in hospital, but insists he didn't intentionally harm himself.

On Saturday the former paralympian was rushed to Kalafong state hospital in Pretoria West, allegedly with injuries to his wrists.

Read more: Oscar rushed to hospital with ‘injured wrists’, blades found in his cell

Oscar told authorities he'd fallen off his bed, the spokesman of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed to YOU -- and his uncle Arnold stresses that this is all that happened.

In an SMS, Arnold Pistorius told YOU he had visited his 29-year-old nephew in hospital on Sunday morning and there were "no bandages or plasters" to be seen.

"He was full of jokes about slipping on his stumps and how the [bed] box on wheels couldn't help him stay upright."

Read more: Oscar: ‘Reeva wouldn’t want me to spend my life behind bars’ In a message shared on Twitter, Oscar's brother Carl said he had seen Oscar, and he was well "under the circumstances". Reports that suggested otherwise were "completely untrue and sensational," Carl added. "He was in good spirit [sic]."

#alliswell pic.twitter.com/VfVRkPsqWO — Carl Pistorius(@carlpistorius) 7 August 2016

"He slipped in his cell and injured himself, nothing serious. Please don't believe the media reports. It was great to see him. He sends his love to everyone, especially [his sister] Aimee."

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According to News24, on Sunday morning, Nxumalo confirmed Oscar was "back in our care now".

City Press reported that two warders with knowledge of the hospital section said blades had been found in Oscar’s cell during a search on Saturday afternoon.

But Nxumalo said that report was being treated as “a mere allegation”. He said Oscar’s cell was searched in the past following allegations of preferential treatment.

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