Pistorius' father racism claim

The African National Congress has accused Oscar Pistorius' father of being "racist" after he reportedly said "the ANC government is not willing to protect white South Africans"

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Pistorius family distances itself from gun comments

After Oscar Pistorius' father Henke spoke of the family's use of guns in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Pistorius family has released a statement, distancing themselves from his comments.

"Oscar Pistorius’s family is deeply concerned about the comments made by Oscar’s father, Henke Pistorius, to UK newspaper the Telegraph about the family using its weapons to defend themselves against crime in South Africa...

Henke Pistorius, pictured here with son Carl, has spoken to the Daily Telegraph. Credit: Reuters

"Especially about his comments that the ANC government is not willing to protect white South Africans.

“The Pistorius family own weapons purely for sport and hunting purposes,” said Arnold Pistorius, family spokesperson.

“Henke’s interview with the newspaper was unapproved by our media liaison team. The comments do not represent the views of Oscar or the rest of the Pistorius family.”

“We are acutely aware of the fact that we are only at the beginning of a long road to prove that what happened to Reeva Steenkamp was a terrible accident and that Oscar never intended to harm her, let alone cause her death.

“As a family, and Oscar in particular, we will never be the same after the tragic events on 14 February this year. We are still in deep mourning, trying to come to terms with what happened.

"For this reason and out of respect for the Steenkamp family, the Pistorius family will not grant any media interviews at this time.”

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