In a week preceded by the horrific gang rape and murder of a teenage girl in Bredasdorp in the Western Cape came the shocking story of Oscar Pistorius. Oscar Pistorius aka ‘blade runner’ is the double amputee who is famous world over for competing in Olympic athletics despite his use of prosthetic legs. No doubt, moving forward he will be known more for what he did this past week than for his exploits on the track.
Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend. He claims he shot his girlfriend who was in the bath at the time (according to him) because he mistook her for a burglar.
It is both disturbing and a sign of our increasing insensitivity to violence to see that amidst all this tragedy people have been coming up with all manner of jokes. Most, are heavily reliant on puns revolving around Oscar Pistorius’ legs or lack thereof. This has been done in ignorance of the fact that at the end of the day there is a family that has lost a loved one. I am not uptight but I am not one to laugh at a man when he is on his knees.
Personal opinion aside, has South Africa really become so crime ridden? So full of crime that a guy who lives in a gated community with security that rivals even that of the Berlin Wall at its peak feels so vulnerable he shoots at the first thing that moves? So unsafe that he feels he needs, in addition to such security and a burglar alarm (assuming he has one), a collection of weapons to defend himself in case someone breaks into his house? So unsafe that he shoots multiple times at a target whose identity he has not established (assuming his version of events is the truth) because in a house where he is alone with his girlfriend if something moves in the bath it must be a burglar?
When I was younger I always knew I was in trouble when my father called me by my middle name. So, Leonard, I don’t know you or what really happened at your home on Valentine’s Day but come the start of your trial you have a lot of explaining to do.