Cape Town - Nike has suspended payments to, and its contract with, SA Paralympian Oscar
Pistorius, who is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,
the sportswear company said on Thursday.
"Nike has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius," Nike SA
communications manager Seruscka Naidoo said in a statement.
"We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will
continue to monitor the situation closely."
Asked to give more details, Naidoo replied in an e-mail: "It means Nike
has suspended his contracts and payments."
A few days ago it was reported that Nike had no plans to use
Pistorius in future campaigns.
On Wednesday, Pistorius was dropped from an advertising campaign for French
cosmetics company Clarins.
"Out of respect and compassion for the families implicated in this
tragedy, Thierry Mugler Perfumes has taken the decision to withdraw all its
campaigns with Oscar Pistorius," the group said.
Clarins SA spokesperson Jody Hyam confirmed this.
Pistorius had been the ambassador of Mugler A*Men Fragrance since 2011.
His bail application is being held in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.
Sunglasses company Oakley is among those which have distanced themselves
from him since he was charged.
M-Net Movies also pulled its "Every night is Oscar night" campaign
"out of respect and sympathy to the bereaved".
Pistorius has earned millions of dollars in endorsements.