Are the South African police to blame for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp?

The South African police, and the government have a lot of injustices and failures that can be laid at their door, but the actions of Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day is not one of them.

Henke Pistorius, father of Oscar, recently linked the killing of the model Reeva Steenkampf to alleged failings by the South African police, the ANC government, and to violent crime by black South Africans.

He told the Telegraph that these factors combined to compel South Africans to arm themselves for protection.

Pistorius senior is clearly clutching at straws to explain what could have led to the disastrous decision taken by Oscar to blindly shoot at an ‘unseen would-be assailant’ in his bathroom, as he claims happened, who turned out to be Reeva.

The implication is that the fear of crime is so high that everyone, particularly wealthy white South Africans, is trigger-happy.

Henke’s nonsensical claims, probably commonly held in white farming communities, are not borne out in official statistics, which show a steady fall in most crimes, including violent crime.

Over an eight year period, South African police statistics show that contact crime (murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, assault, GBH, common assault, and aggravating & common robbery) has fallen by 35.5 per cent.


Oscar’s father points to the high levels of murders of white farmers in robberies, as a further reason for the very high levels of gun ownership in South Africa.

Calls for these murders to be awarded a special crime category, or even regarded as white genocide, have been rejected by South African police, who deny that they are race-based murders or have a hate element.

The extreme brutality of these murders is not just a hallmark of the farm murders, but of violent crime in general in South Africa.

The use of these factors to justify heavy gun ownership by the Pistorius family, evidently for leisure and protection, is a smokescreen to mask the very big questions Oscar will have to find answers to in his murder trial.

The wider Pistorius family have now rejected Henke’s comments, which are not borne out by the evidence and cast a negative light on the black population, itself still struggling in post Apartheid South Africa.

The perception of a vulnerable, white wealthy community, forced to live barricaded in gated settings, to fend off a constant onslaught of violent crime by black people is a picture South Africa does not recognise.

The fears of the international community when the football World Cup was awarded in 2010 was based on such scaremongering, but were proved unfounded with the delivery of a largely crime free tournament.

The South African police, and the government have a lot of injustices and failures that can be laid at their door, but the actions of Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day is not one of them.

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12 Responses to “Are the South African police to blame for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp?”

  1. unbelievable

    A man shoots and kills a woman and the blame is directed at the police. Remove the guns and take responsibility for your actions.

  2. Kavin

    Henke. You have the money. You have a passport. Apply for citizenship elsewhere. Leave SA, and never come back. You are no patriot.

  3. Mick

    I’m glad some leftists are finally opening their eyes to the savagery going on down there, the second article I’ve seen in days. I never knew leftists had it in them.

    But can we expect leftists to go further than criticising the police, which is familiar to the comfort zone? Or will they go further and admit it’s the inbuilt prejudices of the ANC itself which inevitably led to brutality and totalitarianism.

    The comments here highlighted much:

    But then, the violent ANC was headed by bullying Marxist, Gaddaffi-wooing terrorist who stayed in jail because he refused to renounce violence. So scenes were set.

  4. Henri le Riche

    Many hate crimes are being committed against the white minority. The government denies that any single such a crime was ever committed by any black racist. Many people in government believe in BLT which wrongly suggests blacks are incapable of racism. I say, if true that would make blacks superior to human beings…

    The SA governor is a black nationalist government that will do anything in order to hide the extend and brutality of black racism and the effect of hate crimes on minorities. (Sadly they are white and not PC enough)

  5. Henri le Riche

    A very simplistic take on South Africa. Most people just don’t have any idea…

  6. Newsbot9

    Yes, indeed, you’re trying to bring the murders here. You’re trying to bring the brutality and savagery which you praise so much here. You are the one wanting a race war.

  7. Mick

    Bluster and Newsbot knows it.

    Though at least you admit the ANC are capable of murder. They did have a terrorist section after all.

  8. Newsbot9

    You’re trying to control me and what I feel and think again. And keep talking about something completely different to your support for the NP.

  9. Mick

    Anarchists live in a black-and-white, either-or world. I criticise the ANC, there fore I automatically support the NP. That’s one reason anarchists frighten the public.

  10. Newsbot9

    You’re trying to push your worldview onto other people again, demanding they share it, or else. Far right thugs like you scare a lot of people. The mindset of the NF enforcers who you resemble…

  11. Mick

    To criticise isn’t to push.

    Anarchists can push, as many a riot cop who’s been attacked with bricks and bottles can testify.

  12. Newsbot9

    Yes, of course you’re going to try and false flag your attacks again. And that makes your push less excusable, doesn’t it.

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