BEREAVED FATHER: Barry Steenkamp receives flowers in Port Elizabeth after his daughter Reeva was shot dead, allegedly by Oscar Pistorius. PICTURE: Gallo Images
While Oscar Pistorius awaited today’s bail application hearing in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, not a day has passed since his arrest on a premeditated murder charge without a stream of friends, family or his legal team visiting him.
He was arrested after the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The record-holding athletic superstar who is being held at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria even received a visit from pastors of the Community Character Courage Church yesterday.
While the pastors refused to comment, they confirmed they were at the police station to counsel Pistorius.
Dodging the media spotlight, Pistorius’s sister Aimee and brother Carl were among the visitors who arrived to see their brother during normal visiting hours on Sunday.
Lawyers for Pistorius, Barry Roux and Kenny Oldwage, also came to see him.
The large contingent of print and broadcast media that thronged the police station were on the alert for the possible appearance of Pistorius’s family members or other significant visitors.
Pistorius’s legal team have remained tight-lipped ahead of his court appearance today, when they will push for bail, with the state set to oppose the application.
The athlete’s agent, Peet van Zyl, happily spoke to media outside the police station on Pistorius’s future career. Pistorius’s participation in athletic events had to be cancelled.
Van Zyl said apart from visiting Pistorius to discuss one of their main goals for the year, participating in the IAAF World Championship in Moscow in August, he had also come to lend support to Pistorius as a friend.
Friends whose identities could not immediately be established also arrived during visiting hours, with one woman leaving the police station in tears.
Pistorius’s father, Henke, who spoke out shortly after his son’s arrest on Thursday last week, has remained quiet since.
The family and Pistorius’s management company released a statement after his court appearance last Friday in which they said: “The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms. He (Pistorius) has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva (Steenkamp).”
Teachers at Pretoria Boys High School, where Pistorius attended boarding school for five years, have been warned not to in any way get involved in the Pistorius matter.
Pistorius’ legal team were expected to visit him yesterday to prepare for today’s bail application.