Murder convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s family has reportedly been forced to up their security following threats that he will be “gang raped” in jail and those close to him killed.
According to the Mirror Online, Oscar’s cousin, 29-year-old Arnoldus Pistorius, received a WhatsApp message from an anonymous person last week, who claimed to have proof that Prosecutor Gerrie Nel bribed the prison nurse who gave a damning testimony during his recent sentencing procedures.
Charlotte Mashabane was responsible for Pistorius’s healthcare while he was incarcerated at Kgosi Mampuru II prison, and in her testimony said that he was rude to her and lied about being beaten up.
Arnoldus ignored the message, only to receive an unnerving threat from the same person.
“When Oscar returns to jail I will ensure that he is gang raped also he will suffer and I will have my man beat him properly. Your children will be murdered as well,” the message reportedly read.
According to Oscar’s cousin, other family members have also received death threats, and everyone’s fearing for their safety.
The report claims that the Hawks confirmed that they are investigating a charge of intimidation that was laid at a Pretoria police station, and the family’s spokesperson, Anneliese Burgess, corroborated claims of this threat.
Calling this most recent message to Arnoldus an obvious “extortion attempt”, Burgess said: “The police were informed immediately and a case was lodged. We do not know what the status of the investigation is or whether the individual has been arrested.”
Pistorius was arrested after he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on 14 February 2013. He shot her multiple times, through the bathroom door of his Pretoria home, and maintains that he mistook her for an intruder.
He was found guilty of murder in December 2015, after the Constitutional Court early in March rejected his application to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal’s December 2015 decision to overturn his culpable homicide conviction.