Half an hour before the agreed time it seems our interview might not happen. The family’s spokesperson has called to say Carl Pistorius has flu.
And there has been more bad news this morning. While the eyes of the world were on the bail application of his 26-year-old brother, Oscar, it has emerged that Carl (28) faces a charge of culpable homicide arising from a traffic accident in 2008.
There seems little chance he’ll turn up. He’s ill, surrounded by controversy and swamped by hundreds of media requests. Others in this situation would probably SMS to say, “I’m sick, I’m staying in bed.”
But promptly at 7 am Carl walks into the gym – suffering from a severe bout of flu but here. If he says he’ll be there, he’ll be there, his friends say. He’s a man of his word.
He thanks me for being on time, apologises for his coughing fits and carries my laptop to the table alongside the pool where we’ll chat.
After all that has happened recently you’d expect him to look exhausted and dishevelled but aside from the flu he comes across like any other guy at the gym.
There’s no hint of the ordeal he and his family have endured over the past 10 days – he’s calm, focused and in control. There are only occasional glimmers of tension and emotion: a frown, a foot bouncing up and down, the way he rubs his body as if he’s feeling the discomfort of many sleepless nights.
Read more of Marida Fitzpatrick’s interview with Carl in YOU 7 March 2013.