Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ sentence and conviction for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp marks the end of his world athletics career, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has said.
“For me, that [Pistorius’s conviction and sentence] was the end of the road of his journey,” Mbalula told The Cape Argus.
“It is unfortunate that it had to end in this manner, but the courts have spoken and we will respect their decision.”
Mbalula reportedly told the newspaper that Pistorius had helped to “open doors” for South Africa in the international sporting scene.
“It [the sentencing] has been a very sad moment for us in sport, in the sense that Oscar was the epitome of wisdom, skill and triumph over adversity.
“I do not think Oscar will be able to come back in terms of athletics.”
Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide. For discharging a firearm at Tashas restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.
The sentences would run concurrently, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled.