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First on EWN: Mbalula calls for Oscar calm

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the world must respect the presumption of innocence.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has told Eyewitness News that the world must respect the presumption of innocence, as Oscar Pistorius goes on trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.

Mbalula says it's a tragic case, but that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

"I think Oscar's story must be heard too, what actually happened. I think all of us were shocked, he was our shining star, a great athlete."

Pistorius was the global face of the 2012 London Olympic Games, and as a result, Mbalula understands the interest in the case both locally and abroad.

"He changed the face of Paralympic sport and even competed with the able-bodied people. It is sad today we talk about such an individual and character in the dock and definitely for me, I leave it to God and I leave it to the courts."

Mbalula says that he has faith that the judicial system will come to the right decision in this case.

"I know that people want to make it the great story of OJ Simpson and that is for the media, not for me. I leave everything to the courts, like I said in the beginning, and we will hear from there what actually happened on that day."

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