Henke Pistorius, father of Oscar Pistorius, is accusing the South African government of being racist when it comes to White people. With his "Blade Runner" son free on bail since shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Henke is fed up with the lack of protection given to White people in the predominately Black country.
Interviewed by the UK's Daily Telegraph Sunday (March 3), Henke said that his son's gun collection was a safety precaution. "You can't rely on the police, not because they are inefficient always but because crime is so rife," Henke said.
With one of the highest violent crime rates in the world, 15,000 people in South Africa were murdered last year, under the leadership of the African Natural Congress. "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."
Henke, his father, and three brothers collectively own 55 guns. Oscar has purchased at least six firearms, one of which he used to shoot Steenkamp, allegedly believing that she was an intruder. He's never said that being a minority added to his fears, but the notion isn't far-fetched.
However, according to the ANC, claims of racism against Whites are false. "Not only is this statement devoid of truth, it is also racist," said ANC spokesman, Jackson Mthembu. "It is sad that he has chosen to politicize a tragic incident that is still fresh in the minds of those affected and the public."
Oscar also doesn't agree with his father. His representatives released a statement distancing him from the controversial claims. "The comments doesn't represent the views of Oscar or the rest of the Pistorius family. We are acutely aware of the fact that we are only at the beginning of a long road to prove that what happened to Reeva Steenkamp was a terrible accident and that Oscar never intended to harm her, let alone cause her death."
According to the latests statistics, White people make up for less than 10 percent of the South African population, while Black Africans make up for 79 percent of the population.