Oscar Pistorius 'can only blame himself'

Peet van Zyl has conceded to Gerrie Nel that Pistorius can only blame himself for losing contracts.

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court for the second day of sentencing in his trial in Pretoria on 14 October 2014. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EPA.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's manager has conceded the athlete can only blame himself for losing contracts and not being invited to speak at events.

Peet van Zyl is being cross-examined after testifying in mitigation of sentence at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide last month after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius has maintained that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

Van Zyl has blamed the media for negative reporting which he says has had a major impact on the blade runner.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel says the athlete can only blame himself for not speaking at events and van Zyl agrees, but says if the media had handled things differently and with respect, the situation for him would be different.

On Monday van Zyl read through a long list of charities that Pistorius is involved in.

But today Nel criticised this, saying it's not unique and is considered an excellent marketing tool for most sportsmen.

"So the fact is that it's merely an advancement of your career to become involved. I think that a lot of sportsmen actually really want to make a difference and contribute. But as a bonus, as a flipside, it really advances their careers and marketability."

The defence is expected to round off its arguments in mitigation of sentence today.

The state will then have an opportunity to argue in aggravation.

To make his case, Nel will likely focus on the impact of the athlete's actions on Reeva's friends and family.

He could call one of the model's friends to testify, like former housemate Gina Myers.

The prosecution is also likely to ask the court to sentence the Paralympic superstar to the maximum possible time behind bars.

Meanwhile, a fourth witness is expected to be called to the stand today, as the defence steps up its argument that the athlete has been punished enough and shouldn't go to prison.

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