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Oscar’s full affidavit

February 19, 2013 in Other sports

The purpose of this affidavit is to provide the above Honourable Court with my personal circumstances and to  address the allegations levelled against me (in so far as they are known to me).

 

I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder, as I had no intention to kill my girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp (“Reeva”).

 

However, I will put factors before the Honourable Court to show that it is in the interests of justice to permit my release on bail. I state that the State will not be able to present any objective facts that I committed a planned or premeditated murder. For this reason I will hereunder deal with the events which occurred that evening. The objective facts will not refute my version as it is the truth. I am a professional athlete and reside at Silverlakes Drive, Silverlakes, Pretoria. Read the rest of this entry →

Oscar Breaks his silence

February 19, 2013 in Other sports

This morning, Magistrate Desmond Naire ruled that Oscar Pistorius’ bail hearing will be based on a Schedule 6 accusation, in other words, that the State’s accusation of Pre-meditated murder be upheld.  What this meant was that, for the bail hearing, Oscar’s defense had to provide “exceptional circumstances” for him to be allowed bail.

Personally, I do not yet understand why the prosecution so strongly believes that Oscar is a flight risk. He is a double amputee, he has major interests in South Africa, including his property. He is an international sports star, well known world wide, and his whole family is here.  He didn’t try to flee from the scene of the crime. He even carried Reeva’s body down the stairs to get her help as soon as possible.  Why will he not show up for his own trial? I believe his need to prove himself innocent is more important to him than to not be trialled at all.

Be that as it may.  In my previous post I said that up to now we’ve only read and heard what the prosecution has to say, and that we should perhaps give the defense a chance to state their case.

Oscar has finally broken his silence by submitting his affidavit in court, in applying for bail. He didn’t have to, as he is not on trial yet, and he risks all of his affidavit being used against him during the trial.

I’ve spent this day reading the tweets of several different reporters, and although details seem sketchy, with some reporters posting interpretations instead of posting verbatim, others leaving out critical portions of the affidavit, I can gather some sort of gist of what Oscar was saying.  So, be careful of what you read out there on Oscar’s FULL AFFIDAVIT. It may not be his actual full affidavit and I have already read a few articles that leaves out certain crucial parts of his affidavit.  It is important in this case to have a wide scope of reporters, as one might miss something, others may use their own interpretations.

As such, myself included, may leave some things out that I didn’t read from the court room.  Until we have the full affidavit published by his lawyers, I will not rely too much on what is said in the media.  What we do know what was said in his affidavit is the following:

  • He would have gone out with his friends on the night of the 13th, and Reeva with hers.
  • They decided to stay at home and have a quiet evening together.
  • They were deeply in love and couldn’t be happier. He loved her and he knows she felt the same way.
  • He wasn’t wearing his prosthetics and was watching TV while Reeva was doing yoga.
  • At the end of the evening they went to bed.
  • He woke up/at some stage he went to close the sliding door and get the fan.  He didn’t have his legs on as he has limited mobility on his stumps.
  • He sleeps with his 9mm pistol under his bed.
  • He is accutely aware of people gaining entry to homes to commit crime.
  • He has received death threats.
  • There are no burglar bars accross the bathroom window.
  • Contractors left ladders outside.
  • When he was on the balcony he heard a noise in the bathroom and a sense of terror rushed through him.
  • Because he didn’t have his legs on he felt vulnerable.
  • He got scared and didn’t switch on the light.
  • He got his gun and moved towards the bathroom.
  • He screamed at the intruder to get out of the house and screamed at Reeva to call the police.
  • He fealt real harm to himself and Reeva.
  • He fired shots through the bathroom door.
  • He walked back to the bed (on his stumps) and realised Reeva was not in bed.
  • It then dawned on him it could be Reeva in there.
  • He went to the balcony and screamed for help.
  • He put his legs on.
  • He kicked the door open.  Some reported that he used the cricket bat to break down the toilet door.
  • He found Reeva slumped over in the toilet.  She was still alove. He call the paramedics. He tried to take her to hospital.
  • He tried to save Reeva.  She died in his arms.
  • He can’t stand how much hurt he caused.
  • With the benefit of hindsight, he realise that Reeva went to the bathroom when he went to close the balcony door.

Further statements were read by Oscar’s friend and his girlfriend.

 

 

Further statements were read from friends of his

Pre-meditated Murder

February 15, 2013 in Other sports

The Late Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pretorius

The Oscar story has just been so gripping for me the past two days, I couldn’t care less what happened with the Test Cricket, the Super Rugby kickoff in Australia, or the meteors crashing into Russia.  Don’t ask me why it intrigues me so much. I don’t know myself. But I want to know what happened. I HAVE to know what happened. I want to know WHY did Oscar shoot Reeva? Was it an accident? Was it in a moment of blind rage? Or was it, as the state is arguing, premeditated?

It sounds too far fetched to believe that a normal person such as Oscar, who’s had a good upbringing, have helped so many others and has been such in inspiration for many, many athletes, even able bodied ones, would regress into killing another person. Not to speak of his own girlfriend. Not to even contemplate that he planned it.

It is difficult to remain objective when all we hear are the Police reports. Everything is being built up against him and all the evidence is pointing against him.  However, what we do not have is the defense’s case. Remember that the Police is not there to be objective.  They are there to build the case against the suspect. And the stronger case they can portray, the stronger their chance of successful prosecution.  And that is what they do.  The Police won’t even hint to a possible defense for Oscar, it will jeopardise their case.  So, if all we hear are the prosecution’s case, it is quite logic that the “trial” in the media and published to the public, will find in favour of the prosecution.  As it stands, Oscar has already been trialed and found guilty by the general public and the media. Even Radio 702 presenter, John Robbie, has suggested Oscar is guilty, tweeting that ” #OscarPistorius story shows us that violence against women is not a class and race thing, but it happens across the board”

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Oscar shoots and Kills Girlfriend

February 14, 2013 in Other sports

Oscar and Reeva at the SA Sports Awards

I was shocked into a stunned into  “zombi-like” state when reading about Oscar Pistorius arrest aftrer alledgedly shooting and killing his girlfriend, FHM model Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentines day.

With facts still to be made clear, all we currently really know for a fact is that a dead woman was found with bullet wounds in his home in Silverlakes, there was a 9 mm pistol, and Oscar was arrested.

It was rumoured that he thought she was a burglar, and shot her accidentally. This has not been confirmed as yet.  My initial thoughts reading this, though, was that it is indeed very plausible and that it may even have been a case of her wanting to surprise her beloved boyfriend with an early morning Valentines gift.

Not long after that passing thought, Heat tweeted that she was shot and killed by Oscar when he thought she was an intruder, while she wanted to surprise him for Valentines day.

Soon after, old articles of Oscar losing his mind when some guy was hitting on his then girlfriend came up, and suggestions arose that it wasn’t really an accident, and just like anything in the spotlight, the story gets more and more tails, depending on every person’s speculation of what actually transpired.  It’s natural. I had my speculation of her surprising him, him thinking that its a burglar and in shock and horror at “someone” “attacking” him in the middle of the middle of the nigh, he opened fire in fear of his life.

Now “reports” of domestic disturbances with screams being heard, but unconfirmed, the night before are surfacing, and the “obvious” conclusion is that Oscar is in fact a cold blooded murderer.

We can only, for now, speculate as to what happened last night and this morning.  With nothing being quoted from Oscar himself as yet, we can only wait and see what happens in court.  Had it been an accident or not, one can very well imagine the shock and horror both families must be experiencing right now. And nothing changes the fact that this is indeed a great tragedy.  Let’s not prosecute this guy before he even was in court yet.

Caution: Strong language

January 28, 2013 in Babes, Other sports, Rugby

Some snippets from the weekend

Well done to Bafana Bafana for coming back so brilliantly and ensuring South Africa goes into the next round of the Afcon!!  To be honest, as someone who doesn’t have any interest in football,( no not even the UEFA, Premier League, ManCity or Manure) I wasn’t interested in watching the game, having seen how early on Morocco already scored, and given our inability to score goals, I thought I’m not going to waste my time watching the game. And while sitting outside, taking in the fresh evening air, I heard the neighbourhood erupt in cheers I realised Bafana must have done something great, like, score a goal, so I rushed inside, tuned to the game, and saw Bafana on 1-1 with Morocco.

Now, perhaps if there wasn’t the potential for us to be knocked out, I would not have been so nervous, but realising that we need to either draw or win to go to the next round, depending on Cape Verde’s result against Angola, I was on the edge of my seat as Morocco came with wave after wave of attack. at 2-1 down I thought I’m giving up, but alas, Bafana pulled through and scored the equaliser, setting up the draw to go through to the quarter finals.

Well done Bafana, and here’s to hoping you make it to the next step!

 

Since he’s in the news again, I thought this picture may be relevant….again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And so the Lions pulled off the win against the Cheetahs.  It wasn’t so attractive to watch to be honest, and the Cheetahs really messed around a bit.  Now the Lions will be boasting about the victory, but the fact of the matter is, it doesn’t mean anything. The Lions are not in the Super Rugby, the Cheetahs are, and really, there is enough time left for the Cheetahs to sort out what needs sorting out before the SuperRugby kicks off.

This weekend will be interesting though when the Lions meet the Bulls.  I think it is going to be a very intimidating experience for the Lions, especially since they are not used to playing in front of more than 15 people in the stands, and as we know, Orlando stadium will be buzzing!

With Lance Armstrong’s confession still fresh in our memories, this one really made me laugh!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not long to go before the kick off for the season,  so get those brownie points in! In the meantime, enjoy this little teaser from Robbie Wessels. (Sorry Lions fans, it’s a bit old, like, 2012’ish)

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Armstrong: You can’t win 7 times without doping

January 18, 2013 in International, Other sports

Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah was aired on American Television last night.  It will be aired on DSTV tonight on TLC, something I am not sure I am interested to watch.

It’s difficult buying into someone like Armstrong, coming out to confess, after lying so much to everyone for years, almost decades. It much reminds me of when Joost all but talked himself into a corner during his stripper scandal, and then came out telling everyone that he is telling us all the truth in his new book, and now we must buy it. Read the rest of this entry →

No Cup is Safe – Brilliant!

January 15, 2013 in Other sports

Watch this hilarious Nike Golf advert featuring Tiger Wood and Rory Mcilroy.  Seems like Noke forgave Tiger, or did they? Click on image for the link.

 

 

Not so Happy New Year

January 9, 2013 in Cricket, International, London 2012, Other sports

It’s challenging to wish everyone a Happy New Year when struck with the news of deaths to Sport stars so early in the year.  First it was Tony Greig who already passed away late December 2012, still in the old year but just on the brink of the new year.  He reportedly died of a heart attack after battling lung cancer for some time. He was aged 66, and tributes have poured in for the former cricketing legend who graced us with his deligthful commentary and insight in all things cricket. He will be sorely missed.

Little that we know that dreadful news would hit us as the year kicked-off.  Olympic Mountain Biker, Burry Stander,who we all cheered on as he took part in the final of the men’s cross-country mountain bike event in London last year, and narrowly missed out on a medal, was reportedly struck and killed by a taxi whilst training in Shelly Beach, KzN.  Memorial rides were arranged almost immediately with a Ghost Bike mounted at the place he was killed.  A young star, 25 years old, killed way before his time.

His death sparked outrage in the cycling community, as dozens of cyclists are killed annually on the roads. On the 31st December another cyclist ended up in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle and not long after Burry’s death, it was reported that in Richards Bay a female cyclists was the victim of a reckless driver and ended up in critical condition in the hospital. Whether she survived is not known.

Alas, the bad news wasn’t over yet.  John E Commins, ex- WP Spin bowler was reportedly murdered in his home on the 2nd January. He played 10 matches for the WPCU between 1961 and 1968 and as a leg-spinner, he took 27 first-class wickets at an average of 27.77 with a best bowling performance of 5-32. He was 71 years old at the time of his death.

Commins was the youngest brother of former WP CEO Kevin Commins and uncle of John Commins who represented the Proteas in the 1990s.

And as if that wasn’t enough to start the year of in grim fashion, it was then reported a few days later that the former South Africa fast bowler, Neil Adcock has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.  Cricket South Africa said that Adcock died on Sunday after contracting pneumonia.  He played 26 tests for South Africa between 1953 and 1962 and was chosen by the respected Wisden Cricket Almanack as one of its five cricketers of the year in 1961 following his 26 wickets at 22.52 during South Africa’s series in England in 1960.

CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul paid tribute to Adcock as “one of the great fast bowlers during what was truly a golden era of fast bowling” and said he formed “South Africa’s first great new ball attack” with the late Peter Heine.

Adcock took 104 career wickets at an average of 21.10.

It’s been a very sad note to the start of 2013. If one was superstitious, one could deem the entire 2013 like a Friday the 13th…unlucky for some.  Well, the start of the year would most certainly convince those superstitious ones that it is indeed gonna be a year of bad luck.

But as South Africans, I think we’ve learned how to be forever hopeful for things to get better while faced with dispair. We don’t give up. We don’t lie down. We don’t back down.  And as long as we have hope, we have a chance.

With this bad start to the new year, all I can really says is that I wish you all a year in which you will be safe and healthy.  Look after yourslves and each other.

 

Highs and lows of 2012 ~ in pictures

December 12, 2012 in Cricket, Currie Cup, International, International, London 2012, Other sports, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks, Super Rugby

As we come to the final few weeks of the year, and with absolutely buggerall to watch anymore, except for some Heineken Cup, where you can see old Southern Hemisphere has-beens in action against the best of Europe, it’s perhaps a time to reflect on the year which is past…a year that flew by quicker than Rickie Ponting’s last test innings…

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Vampire Knight inspire Hippo to replace Boks?

November 28, 2012 in Humour, Other sports, Rugby

It’s no Hippo!

I can imagine the confusion of the title of this post for some of you okes.  Allow me to ellaborate. Yesterday I heard that the AFCON Mascot has been chosen and it’s name is Takuma.  Weird name, i though, but went along with my business as usual. Read the rest of this entry →

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