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Henke Pistorius, father of Oscar Pistorius, is shown at his son’s bail heariing Feb. 19 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Photograph by: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN , AFP/Getty Images
Henke Pistorius said he and other members of his family own guns because they could not rely on the police to protect them.
He laid the blame for South Africa’s violent crime rates, which are among the highest in the world with 15,000 people murdered last year, on the ANC government.
He also singled out crime against white South Africans.
He made his comments after it was disclosed that the athlete’s father, grandfather and uncles own 55 guns among them.
Oscar Pistorius had recently begun collecting guns himself. As well as the 9mm gun he used to shoot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he had applied for licences for an additional six firearms.
He insisted during a bail application in court last week that he shot Miss Steenkamp through a locked lavatory door believing her to be a burglar.
Prosecutors say he gunned down the 29-year-old model after she fled to the bathroom following a row.
Henke Pistorius said the family were firearms collectors and hunters, but also needed guns for self-defence.
“Some of the guns are for hunting and some are for protection: the hand guns. It speaks to the ANC government. Look at white crime levels, why protection is so poor in this country,” he said.
“You can’t rely on the police because crime is so rife.”
He said he personally had never had to use a gun in self-defence, but added: “That doesn’t mean I haven’t been hijacked, attacked. As a family, we value life much too much to produce guns at every opportunity.”
According to Beeld, an Afrikaans language newspaper, Henke Pistorius, Oscar’s grandfather Hendrik, and his uncles Arnold, Theo and Leo own a total of 55 shotguns and handguns.
Among the six weapons which Oscar Pistorius applied to license were three shotguns, a Smith & Wesson 500 and a.223-calibre semi-automatic rifle, similar to that used in the Sandy Hook school massacre in the United States.
Ishmael Mnisi, an ANC spokesman, said Mr Pistorius’s comments were “worrying.”
“Crime is something that affects everyone in this country,” he said.
“It doesn’t justify a person having to use a gun to kill, or justify him having many guns in his house. People must report crime to the police.”
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the strongest terms the hijacking last night (Tuesday, 24 November 2009) of
one of its spokespersons Ishmael Mnisi. Comrade Mnisi who is based at ANC
headquarters Luthuli House is responsible for media liaison
Landros Park in Pretoria. Mnisi had just dropped off a friend and waited at
his companion's driveway when two men emerged and pointed guns at him.
a shocked Mnisi: "One came from the driver's door direction and another on
the passenger side. They cocked their guns and were ready to fire at me.
They ordered me out of the car at gunpoint, one pointing a gun on my head.
They took the ANC laptop, bank cards, wallet, money, cellphone and
everything inside the car.
another refused, leading to an argument. It was at this time that I ran away
as one threatened to shoot me. I am only thankful to be alive."
hijackers fled with Mnisi's silver three series BMW sedan registration
number YBL 718 GP. The incident has been reported to the police in
the incident or may have spotted the registration number to report the
matter to police.
for the next five years and we are confident of efforts by Police Minister
Nathi Mthethwa and Deputy Fikile Mbalula in addressing this scourge.