Oscar Pistorius Shoots His Girlfriend On Valentine’s DayFebruary 14, 2013
I woke up this morning to the news that Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic champion and the most famous South African after Nelson Mandela, had shot dead his girlfriend at his home in a gated community in Pretoria. Initial reports said he might have mistaken Reeva Steenkamp, a model, for a burglar. I fought against jumping to conclusions straight away and decided to reserve judgement until the dust had started to settle. However, I should tell you, dear reader, I was wondering what the poor girl did to be mistaken for an intruder. Did she come in through the back door? Did she climb through the window like the Milk Tray Man to give him a Valentine surprise? Was he tired and wasn’t thinking straight?
And that’s all I knew. It was a tragic event, and on Valentine’s Day too. But then, a few short hours later, I heard he was to be charged with murder! Like a Meerkat, I suddenly sat bolt upright. Then there were revelations about previous domestic strife in the home. It was all starting to get very messy. The golden boy, within the space of a few hours, had become the man of lead.
There are some prison systems in the world you’d never want to find yourself in. I think the prisons in South Africa are one of them. As one of my brothers sagely said in a group messaging session, it looks like he’ll soon be moving from one gated community to another. Whatever happens in the coming weeks and months, 2013 will be a Valentine year the families on both sides will never forget.
Ben Johnson’s drug cheating is starting to look like small beer now, isn’t it?