Daily Archives: August 8, 2016

South Africa: Oscar Did Not Try to Hurt Himself, He Just Slipped – Carl Pistorius

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius did not deliberately hurt himself in prison but slipped in his cell, his brother Carl said on Sunday.

“I know that there are reports saying that he tried to injure himself – they [are] completely untrue and sensational,” Carl Pistorius tweeted on Sunday. “He slipped in his cell and injured himself, nothing serious.”

Earlier on Sunday, correctional services spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, confirmed Pistorius was back in prison after being rushed to hospital following a medical emergency.

“The official report is that he [Pistorius] made a call [for help] after falling off his bed,” he said.

Another correctional services spokesperson, Manelisi Wolela, confirmed Pistorius had suffered “minor injuries on his wrists” but said, “Oscar Pistorius denied speculations of a suicide attempt”.

Oscar ‘in good spirits’

Carl Pistorius asked people not to believe the media reports, labelling them “crazy”, “unreliable” and “baseless”.

The older Pistorius said that he had visited Oscar over the weekend with “Jenna”.

“He is doing well given the circumstances. He was in good spirit.”

Although, it was unclear to whom the ‘Jenna’ in the tweet was referring, during previous court appearances, an ex-girlfriend of the Paralympian, Jenna Edkins, was seen supporting his family.

Sends his love

“It was great to see him. He sends love to everyone, especially Aimee,” Carl Pistorius said on Twitter. Aimee is the younger sibling in the Pistorius clan.

Nxumalo said Pistorius was taken to Pretoria’s Kalafong Hospital, following his call for help on Saturday. Medical practitioners were called to assess him at the time and made the decision to have him receive treatment outside of prison.

On Sunday morning, Nxumalo confirmed Pistorius was “back in our care now”.

City Press reported that two warders with knowledge of the hospital section said blades had been found in Pistorius’ cell during a search on Saturday afternoon.

But Nxumalo said that report was being treated as “a mere allegation”. He said Pistorius’ cell was searched in the past following allegations of preferential treatment.

This weekend marks the start of the Rio Olympics; prior to the murder of Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, Pistorius was the country’s foremost Paralympian. He also took part in the Summer Olympics.

Source: News24Wire.

South Africa: Van Der Burgh Opens Team SA’s Medal Count

Cameron van der Burgh put Team South Africa on the medals table, like he did in London four years ago, and this time it didn’t matter that it was a silver that he won.

Van der Burgh pulled out all the stops in the final of the men’s 100m breaststroke at the Olympic stadium, producing the second fastest swim of his life – 58.69sec – which saw him chase home Adam Peaty, the British wonderkid who sped to his second world record in three swims, this time a 57.13.

‘I can’t say I’m disappointed,’ said Van der Burgh, the gold medallist from four years ago. ‘The Olympics is such a big stage and I’m getting goosebumps all over again knowing that I’m going to be walking out there for the medals ceremony again and they’re going to play Chariots of Fire again.

‘Coming into the final, I knew I didn’t have a 57-second in me; I have a few issues with my stroke and I’m not connecting properly with the kick and pull but I also knew that if Adam made some mistakes I’d be right there. He didn’t and well done to him, it was an incredible swim by him. But silver is a nice colour too and I’m super proud to add it to my collection. People don’t remember you by the world records that you’ve broken – as you can see here they are getting broken all the time – but they remember you on the medals you’ve won.’

Van der Burgh surfaced from the dive with Peaty before the Brit edged ahead and turned in 26.61, some 0.08sec quicker than when timing 57.55 in the heats. Van der Burgh was met by a wall of challengers inside the last 50, but was determined to hold on, even if he couldn’t get to Peaty.

The South African admitted that he came into the race with some pressure – ‘of course I feel it, you put pressure on yourself and also there’s a lot of expectation on me and Chad to get medals, so I’m glad I got the ball rolling. This is something to build on and things can only get better for Team South Africa.’

Earlier, Chad le Clos qualified for Monday night’s final of the men’s 200m freestyle, seventh overall, after being third quickest from the heats and prompting 2004 Athens gold medallist Ryk Neethling to tip him for the gold medal.

Le Clos had, like he did in the earlier heats, sprung off the blocks and had so much early speed he quickly got a body length on his rivals. Like he did earlier in the day, posting a personal best 1:45.89, he led through halfway (100m) and even through 150m. And,. like earlier in the day, he was hunted down by the formidable Chinese swimmer, Yang Sun.

In the semi-final though, it was not only Sun who got to the South African, but a pack of other specialist freestylers. Le Clos, is still ‘learning’ the art of fast freestyle racing at this level – and the mongrel in him never allows himself to take things easy. He wants to win every time he dives into the water.

For long periods in both the early heat and the evening semi-final, he looked fast and comfortable taking the fight to his opponents. And after finishing fifth in the semi-final, which left him seventh fastest overall, he admitted, having seen his first 50m split of 23.91, ‘That’s fast! I went out a bit too fast. I want to get out there, always go hard, against the best guys in the world.

‘I’m happy I’m in the final, and I still swam a PB this morning. We’ll see tomorrow how it goes.

‘I struggled a bit tonight, and when I turned at the 100, I didn’t know what to do, I’ve never been this far ahead, ever, my whole life.

‘I like to race. In the last 10m I was hurting a bit, and I knew that, like this morning as well, I’d gone slightly too fast. I need to pace myself slightly better.’

He still has a shout at a medal, even though the final is 30 minutes separated from the 200m butterfly semi-final, where he is defending Olympic champion. ‘I think 1:44.9 will get a bronze. There’s always lot of pressure in the semi-final, but in the final we can just go for it,’ he added.

And go for it he will. Don’t write off his chances of winning that bronze. As Van der Burgh will no doubt testify, ‘bronze is a nice colour too’.

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

South Africa: Jayde Panayiotou – Latest Accused to Appear in High Court

The latest man accused of being a part of the murder of Jayde Panayiotou in April last year, had his case transferred to the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday.

Zolani Sibeko, 35, who also used the alias “Zolani Roxo” appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court on Monday.

The state has allegedly linked Sibeko to the conspiracy to murder Jayde after a month long investigation, which included cellphone plotting, showed that he had been with co-accused Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, and Sinethemba Nenembe, 29, at least once while they were plotting the route she travelled to work.

Cellphone plotting also allegedly showed that Sibeko was with Vumazonke and Nenembe outside Jayde’s Stellen Glen complex in Kabega Park just 5 days before she was abducted, forced into the boot of a hired vehicle, taken to remote area behind Kwanobuhle and murdered.

Jayde’s husband, Christopher Panayiotou, 29, was arrested shortly after her murder last year. He is accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife.

It is expected that Sibeko will appear with co-accused Panayiotou, Vumazonke and Nenembe when they appear for their pre-trial conference in the High Court on August 25.

The state alleges that Panayiotou approached a bouncer who worked for him, Luthando Siyoni, to hire a hitman. Siyoni has since turned state witness. Vumazonke was arrested shortly afterwards as the alleged hitman. In October last year Nenembe was linked to the case and also arrested.

State prosecutor, Alta Meiring, who stood in for Marius Stander, confirmed that Sibeko had been given a copy of the indictment and notice of transfer to the High Court and that a provisional date for the 25th of August had been arranged.

Attorney Peter Daubermann, who is also representing Nenembe, appeared on behalf of Sibeko.

Daubermann indicated that he would not be applying for bail at this stage.

The matter was transferred, with Sibeko remaining in custody.

Source: News24Wire.