ANC slams Henke Pistorius's gun comments

The ANC says all white people in the country are protected by the government.

Oscar Pistorius's father Henk (right), brother (middle) and sister (second from left) in the Pretoria Magistrates Court. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday lashed out at Oscar Pistorius's father after he suggested the South African government was not protecting white people.

Henke Pistorius told a British tabloid that white people need to have their own protection because the ANC was not taking care of them.

The Blade Runner is accused of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day.

The Olympic and Paralympic athlete claims he shot Steenkamp thinking she was an intruder.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said, "Whites are full citizens of this country who enjoy whatever services they are entitled to from our government."

Pistorius's family distanced themselves from comments made by Henke.

The athlete's uncle Arnold said Henke's interview was not approved by their media liaison team.

He added the views expressed by Henke did not reflect those of Oscar or the rest of the family.

He said the weapons they owned were used purely for sport and hunting.