Oscar Pistorius has been accused of taking acting lessons before standing trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
A South African journalist wrote an open letter to the blade runner alleging he had taken guidance from one of her ‘close friends’ before taking the stand in Pretoria.
Columnist Jani Allan has called the paralympian a ‘faux hero’ who has ‘betrayed people and disappointed his fans.’
Her letter reads: “I have it from a reliable source that you are taking acting lessons for your days in court. Your coach has an impossible task.”
“Oscar, I look at you mewling and puking in the witness stand. You truly represent everything that the West loathes about white South Africans who live extravagant lives in their expensive laagers.”
She also compares Pistorius to Eugene Terre’Blanche, who served three years in prison for assaulting a petrol station attendant and for the attempted murder of a black security guard around 1996.
“Of course the circumstances were dramatically different from yours, Oscar … He was only to murder a man long after I left the country. But since the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour, I am sure he shed crocodile tears during his court case.
“Terre’blanche was cut from the same cloth as you, Oscar. He was given to boasting, vain in all things, narcissistic in the extreme and flying into terrible rages when things didn’t go his way. I suspect this description fits you.
“When I first became aware of your fierce competitiveness in the sporting arena, I was admiring of your steely determination. Then there were the eruptions of temper and your fury when you thought you weren’t fairly treated. I realised long ago that you might have been a fast runner, but you never have been sportsmanlike in your behaviour. Not on the track or off it.
“It is unnecessary to repeat all the stories about guns, cocaine, fast cars and pretty girls. When there is achievement of any kind, people cluster around such a man. But your success was purely physical. You came along, the one in your generation that inspired the imagination for the journey each of us takes.
“People want so badly to be reminded of idealism, of triumph against all odds. They love a romance based on selflessness not selfishness.
“They want the hero to have heart and humanity. They want him to possess psychological and physiological excellence. But the life you led was without spirit. It was a wasteland filled with expensive toys and recidivist acts.
“Oscar, you bought the gun. You chose the bullet that would cause maximum damage. I have it from a reliable source that you are taking acting lessons for your days in court. Your coach has an impossible task.”
Reeva’s mother June Steenkamp has also accused the South African of acting out, referring to moments he has wept uncontrollable while sitting in the dock.
Pistorius admits shooting 29-year-old Reeva on Valentine’s Day last year but denies premeditated murder and two counts related to shooting a gun.
The trial continues on May 5.