ANC Rejects Henke Pistorious’s ‘Racist Statement’
The African National Congress has rejected statements made by Oscar Pistorious’s father Henke in which he accused them of failing to protect white people.
British newspaper The Telegraph had quoted Henke as saying:
It speaks to the ANC government, look at white crime levels, why protection is so poor in this country, it’s an aspect of our society.
Adding, to justify why he needs handguns:
You can’t rely on the police, not because they are inefficient always but because crime is so rife.
The ANC released a statement through Jackson Thembu, its National Spokesperson:
Not only is this statement devoid of truth, it is also racist. It is sad that he has chosen to politicise a tragic incident that is still fresh in the minds of those affected and the public.
This tragic incident has affected two families that are still trying to come to terms with what happened and this latest racist slur is not assisting these families. We think it is ill-advisable for anyone to start apportioning undue blame.
The ANC believes that the Pistorius and Steenkamp matter is in the capable hands of our competent courts who are expected to handle the matter objectively and in accordance with our laws. Any speculation can only prejudice the case.
It also welcomed the Pistorious family for distancing itself from Henke’s statements. The family were quick to do so saying that the statement was not authorised by them and was not a reflection of their thinking.
Oscar Pistorious is out on bail and due to face trial over the death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The state says it was premeditated. He says it was an accident.