Pistorius family feud in public over dad's gun comments
A public feud has erupted within the family of Oscar Pistorius, left, the double-amputee Olympian charged with murdering his girlfriend, as the runner and his relatives distanced themselves from comments his father made about guns and crime in South Africa.
South Africa's ruling party, the ANC, also waded into the dispute.
A party spokesman accused Henke Pistorius, the runner's father, of racism for observations about crime against white South Africans and the suggestion that the ANC government isn't protecting them.
The Pistorius family are working to head off any negative publicity or controversy that might possibly have a bearing on the outcome of the runner's case, which could see him jailed for life.
They quickly issued a statement yesterday saying the family "is deeply concerned" about the father's interview that "doesn't represent the views of Oscar or the rest of the Pistorius family".
Henke Pistorius was reported as saying the family owns handguns for self-defence.
Police Minister Nkosinathi Mthethwa has admitted the country of 49 million people has 1.7 million registered firearm owners holding 2.9 million guns.