Lying in the Sun

Pistorius the Peacemaker

Pistorius the Peacemaker

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Arnold Pistorius Uncle to Oscar Pistorius in interview before the commencement of the trial in South Africa.


Reporter
Hajra Omarjee:


How difficult has this period been for the family?


Arnold Pistorius:

Extremely difficult…uhm, you know I’m Oscar’s uncle, and err we’ve been a close family as you can see with our presence in the Court we’re there in…we  fill up half the Court Room, the family, so we really …everybody it has affected everybody, and, and, you know a death of a beloved one is something you can never, never change.  He won’t be able to work through it completely.  It’s just there forever you will take it to your grave.


Hajra Omarjee:

We have only seen Oscar in moments how is he holding up?

Arnold Pistorius:

As you can just imagine, I can even not imagine myself being the tool that, that… that…that  took my loved one away, and err so, so he is grieving, he is in extreme shock, and ,and so he grieving  and I don’t expect him to get over it even soon.  So he is still, he is still, in an emotionally tough time. And erm, but you know being the character that he is he tried to control himself in Court but to try to listen to this…what happened over and over again it’s a painful experience for me just to sit and listen to this. And so erm Oscar will survive.  He will have a tough time going forward but he is survivor.

Hajra Omarjee:

Without going into the merits of the case because I won’t do that do you think he seemed stronger this afternoon, do you think he is glad his side of the story has now come out?

Arnold Pistorius

I think one of the things...he only started to eat last night…and as far as I know, you know Aimee and Carl,the brother and the sister, they, they  visit him.  I haven’t seen him for a couple of days now because we were busy trying to, to, to collect evidence, and and,…because the State has already given a public trial by leaking evidence.. and so we have been busy all the time but Carl and Aimee tell me that they they sit with him, he erm, he erm spend a lot of time reading, especially reading his bible as his mother has taught him.

Hajra Omarjee:


He asked for a bible?


Arnold Pistorius

Yah he asked for a bible   And, and, and, Shelia his mother was extremely religious. That is perhaps the wrong word she was a genuine Christian, and fun Christian.  That’s why the kids can…will…pull this through.

Hajra Omarjee:

You said that the State has conducted a public trial are you unhappy with the way they’ve handled things?

Arnold Pistorius

You know I would say the case is going,,, and, and you can judge for yourself...  Like, light controls darkness, truth will prevail.   And as you go…as we go along…because I know the truth…I know exactly what happened, and I know one thing is that the puzzle is not going to fit where the State want to fit it.  It just won’t fit there.  It fits there in a very tragic scenario where things happened in such a way that Oscar thought it was an intruder.

Hajra Omarjee:

Now Oscar has said that the relationship between him and Reeva was one of love and it was a tragedy, has the family been in contact with the Steenkamp family?


Arnold Pistorius

 

We have been in contact with the Steenkamp family and we’ve sent our condolences, and err but we also respect their privacy and we must also give them time to work through this tragic moment.  And we’re respecting that, and err so, so  we, we  we  allow them to grieve and work through this death of their beloved daughter privately.

Hajra Omarjee:

Now all of these allegations about Oscar’s history with violence did that come as a shock to you and what is your message to the public given these allegations

Arnold Pistorius:

What are you saying?

Hajra Omarjee:

There’s all these allegations in the public domain…

Arnold Pistorius

Glad you’re saying allegations.

Hajra Omarjee:

Yes allegations, but did those allegations did they come as a shock is it the Oscar that you know?


Arnold Pistorius

Those allegations, doesn’t come as a shock because they are allegations they are just not true. I mean this is it, he’s, he’s  not a violent person, he’s a peacemaker he’s always been a  peacemaker, and, and that’s his nature, he looked tough, and he looked like the superstar, and  hold himself, in public domain, but he is actually a very, very kind soft person.

Hajra Omarjee:

In terms of the way forward for Oscar I’m sure this process is taking its toll on him mentally and physically do you think he will still get back onto the track and have a future?

Arnold Pistorius

Well I can tell you this, Oscar with his character is able to work through this, and the world will see a different Oscar that’s for sure, nobody can be the same ever ever again if such a tragedy. ever come over your life, but they... he will bounce back and be greater than ever.

Hajra Omarjee:

Mr Pistorius you are standing by your nephew, thank you for your time.

END

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