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Radebe defends police and courts

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says people should not use the Oscar Pistorius case to paint SA in a bad light.

Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe. Picture: Sapa
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PRETORIA - As South Africa's justice system continues to be scrutinised following Oscar Pistorius' release on bail in a murder case, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has warned against it creating the wrong impression of the police and courts.

Pistorius allegedly shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day.

He claims he never meant to kill her as he thought there was an intruder in his home.

He was released on a R1 million bail on Friday.

Radebe told Eyewitness News in Pretoria on Sunday that the latest crime statistics show a decrease in violent crimes.

He says this should not be overshadowed by the tragic incident involving the Blade Runner.

“Even though the events that happened on 14 February are things that none of us in South Africa want to see; people should not use one incident to create a picture of lawlessness of a crime ridden society.”

Meanwhile, as Pistorius awaits a trial date in his murder case, his brother Carl is expected to be tried on a culpable homicide charge at the end of March.

Lawyer Kenny Oldwadge, who is also representing Oscar in his murder case, has confirmed that Carl was due to stand trial on Thursday - a day before his Paralympian brother was granted R1 million bail.

However, the matter regarding an accident involving a female biker in Vanderbijl Park in 2010 was postponed to March.

Following the incident the athlete's brother was initially accused of reckless or negligent driving.

The matter was then provisionally withdrawn but later reinstated after the victim’s family said it believed it was more than just an accident.

The Pistorius family publicist Janine Hill is expected to release a statement about the latest controversy to hit the family.

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