Pistorius fined for unpaid taxes

Oscar Pistorius appearing in the Pretoria Magistrates Court for a bail hearing on 22 February 2013. Picture: AFP
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JOHANNESBURG – Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been fined for unpaid taxes.

The double amputee, who is facing a murder charge for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day, had his finances reviewed following his bail application.

It emerged that the athlete earned over R5 million per year.

The athlete was fined just under R1 million by the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

The Paralympian is said to have settled the fine.

Pistorius’ finances took a knock shortly after the murder when two companies ended sponsorship agreements with him.

He also no longer competes at athletic events.

Earlier in 2013, Pistorius sold his Johannesburg house for nearly R10 million.

Pistorius will return to court in June to face a charge of murder.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the athlete will appear in court for around 10 minutes when his case resumes.

The prosecuting body further revealed the investigation into the shooting will only be complete in August.

In the meantime, police will continue to collect and scrutinise evidence, as well as interview possible witnesses.