Pistorius thanks supporters

Oscar Pistorius appearing in the Pretoria Magistrates Court for a bail hearing on 22 February 2013. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius on Saturday thanked everyone who has supported his family and that of his deceased girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in a tweet posted by his brother Carl.

The Pretoria Magistrates Court on Friday granted Pistorius R1 million bail after spending eight nights in a police cell since he shot dead Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.

The Paralympian claims it was a mistake as he thought there was an intruder in his Pretoria home.

He was given strict bail conditions including an alcohol and drug ban and he has to report to a police station twice a week.

He is not allowed to return to the crime scene.

Pistorius will be back in court on 4 June.


A company hired to manage Pistorius's reputation is expected to release a statement about an earlier tweet which was posted from his brother’s account.

The tweet posted over an hour ago has now been deleted.


Pistorius's family says the Paralympian's release on bail has brought a sense of immense relief under grave circumstances.

His uncle Arnold says he is aware that Pistorius’s release on bail is only the beginning of a long road towards proving that the athlete never intended to kill his girlfriend.

He says Pistorius will never be the same, having lost his love and to live with the knowledge that he cannot undo the immense pain this has caused Steenkamp's family and friends.

“We all grieve Reeva’s tragic death and we cannot change that. It must be very painful for them”

Meanwhile, Steenkamp’s family will watch her on Tropica Island of Treasure on SABC tonight at 6:30pm.

The 29-year-old took part in the television programme shortly before her death.

The family says it is battling to come to terms with her death.

However, it says it holds no grudges against Pistorius.

Steenkamp was laid to rest in Port Elizabeth earlier this week.