Pistorius's brother says Twitter account hacked

Oscar Pistorius’s family has distanced itself from a tweet thanking his and Reeva Steenkamp’s supporters.

Oscar Pistorius's family attends his bail application in the Pretoria Magistrates Court. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A company hired to manage Oscar Pistorius's reputation on Saturday said the family distanced itself from an earlier tweet posted from the Paralympian's brother Carl's account because it was hacked.

The tweet which was apparently sent on Pistorius's behalf thanked everyone for supporting both his family and that of Reeva Steenkamp.

The tweet has since been deleted.

Vuma Reputation Management's Janine Hills said, "As soon as I saw the tweet, I made a call directly through to Oscar and his spokesperson. I spoke directly to Oscar and I also made a call to Carl. It is really most unfortunate that at a time like this, someone has chosen to hack into Carl Pistorius's Twitter account."

Pistorius was granted R1 million bail in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Friday after spending eight nights in a police cell since his arrest for shooting Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day.

Pistorius maintains it was never his intention to kill his girlfriend.

He says he thought there was an intruder at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius, who has been given strict bail conditions including an alcohol and drug ban, will be back in court on 4 June.

Meanwhile, Steenkamp's family say it will get together this evening to watch her on Tropica Island of Treasure on SABC 1.