Pistorius family: Tweet is fake!

2013-02-23 20:24

Johannesburg - The family of South African Paralympic icon and murder suspect Oscar Pistorius on Saturday dismissed as fake a tweet posted earlier saying he was thankful for prayers offered to his family and that of his slain girlfriend, a day after he was freed on bail.

They said the Twitter account was hacked.

"It is most unfortunate that during this sensitive time, someone would choose to hack into Oscar Pistorius's older brother Carl Pistorius's Twitter handle," said family spokesperson Janine Hills.

The tweet, which read "Thank-you to every person that has prayed for both families, Osca" and had been posted under Carl's handle, has since been removed.

"Carl did not tweet this afternoon, out of respect to Oscar and Reeva (Steenkamp)," Hill said.

Another spokesperson told AFP the Pistorius family is "very sensitive towards Reeva and her family and the tragic accident".

Hills said the family was cancelling its Twitter accounts.


  • rob.vanjou - 2013-02-23 20:49


  • jeffery.stokes - 2013-02-23 20:57

    Wow those pesky hackers are always to blame. i personally think its BS, Carl posted but the post wasn’t vetted by their PR company. Wonder how they going to explain one of the families telling a cape town radio station that Oscar should be given a break because he gave SA medals we would never have gotten without him. And then goes onto say that people are just jealous of his success.

      jeffery.stokes - 2013-02-23 21:07

      everything the pistorius family is doing seems like it is PR driven.

      derick.vorster - 2013-02-23 21:17

      commenting on your own comment is like playing with yourself.

      jeffery.stokes - 2013-02-23 21:26


      iNJBL - 2013-02-23 21:32

      @derick lol

  • beverley.uys.5 - 2013-02-23 21:09

    I don't give a rats bum if the tweet was fake. Pistorius still remains a murderer.

      TravieGrif - 2013-02-24 06:46

      How dare you judge what you do not know? Who do you think you are passing judgement before a court? Do you know the facts of that night, or are you happy to make your assessments based on what you hear on the news or read in the paper? Because we all know that the news in this around the world for that matter...only release things that are factual and will only stand up in court! I am sickened by the people in this country playing judge jury and executioner. I hope that if he is guilty, that he is found out and gets the appropriate sentence. One way or another he will spend time in jail, but I would like to think that he is going to get a chance in court, and then the judge will make the decision, not you.

      jeffery.stokes - 2013-02-24 08:53

      he already confessed to shooting her. ie he is a murderer.

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2013-02-23 21:21


  • Avril Booysen - 2013-02-23 21:32

    Can the family stop being so disrespectful and coming up with stories if they wanted to thank whoever just do it

  • nurse.helenk - 2013-02-23 21:33

    How absurd to discredit a harmless tweet. My only guess is that the PR team didn't OK the tweet before it was sent.

  • T-bos Man - 2013-02-23 21:37

    Won't be surprised if Mr Sushi helped to raise bail for Oscar.

  • Smart Peace - 2013-02-23 21:39

    I'll believe only after Tweeter's confirmation of the hacking

  • Liberty Butizha Chimukundi - 2013-02-23 21:42


  • Cheryl Lee Slabbert - 2013-02-23 21:53

    Ek se hy is skuldag! En moet toe gestuit word... En ek is jammer vir die wat op gekyk het na hom.

      Cherise Fick - 2013-02-23 22:26

      I feel so sorry for you, who gives you the right to lay judgement onto someone- do u have evidence that we do not know about?? Remember innocent until PROVEN guilty!!

  • WildCatSal - 2013-02-23 22:04

    Just a thought, if it was hacked, then the 'hacker' would leave malicious messages, not a generic pleasant one? What would be the true intent to hack? Mm...? Wondering..

  • frankie.dionisio - 2013-02-23 22:09

    Only after we know the real truth then only can fingers be pointed at. Remember that there is one life lost in this tragedy!

  • Cherise Fick - 2013-02-23 22:10

    I think some people are sick, can people just not leave each other alone- has Oscar not been through enough!! Just let him be, he has enough to deal with!! I support Oscar all the way!!!

      Diran Pillay - 2013-02-23 22:55

      Why support Oscar?

      Kim Young - 2013-02-24 04:49

      well cherise fick, you are Sick to Support a Killer..lets not hope it does not happen to your daughter one day! hope You'll be singing a different Song.. - 2013-02-24 09:20

      You are certainly entitled to your opinion Cherise, but I seriously think your opinion would be different had she been a member of your family...he should not be allowed to own a penknife...

      Brandon Cook - 2013-02-24 09:31

      common guys let the law take its course, i thought its a case of been innocent before been found guilty!

  • Jesus - 2013-02-23 23:36

    I'm sorry to say that most people comment on here are not to bright.

      Kim Young - 2013-02-24 04:44

      its funny how u have something to say on here

  • solomon.shingange.9 - 2013-02-24 07:14

    Ahaaa. Now you are shaken by responses. We are aware that you even suggested that your precious son Oscar will prove his innocence because you believed his baseless excuses and narrative stories. He must pay dearly. Yerrrrr.

  • - 2013-02-24 09:15

    I think people don't want to believe he is a murderer, because of who he is and what he stands for (excuse the pun) had it been a Joe Blogs down the road everyone would be calling for his blood. OP is an idiot, and too immature to own a gun and he deserves what is coming to him...we all have our own opinion, some say he is innocent, other's not. That is human nature... If he was on his own at home and heard those noises, then shooting like a cowboy could be justified, because it "could" be an intruder, but he was not alone and when he heard noises could he not use his head and check his girlfriend is not making those noises before shooting like he did. I for one minute don't buy his story...Well I guess where he is staying now, people don't have to worry about going to the toilet as his guns have been taken away!!

  • Louis - 2013-02-24 09:17

    who sang "a whole lot of faking going on"?

  • ab64 - 2013-02-24 09:25

    Just heard that Carl Pistorius is on a charge of culpable homicide for a cyclists death. Eyewitness News has maybe shown its true colours, I.e. It bias and favour for Oscar Pistorius. Why was there an exclusive Eyewitness investigation on the investigating officer Botha revealing his 7 counts of attempted murder and no investigation by Eyewitnessnews on Carl. Eyewitnessnews obviously wants Oscar to go free. If they had revealed Carls case it would have had a negative effect on Oscar's bail hearing don't you think?............

  • Nishaat Lillah - 2013-02-24 09:27

    Omg u ppl make me sick!!! Why are u putting blame on Oscars family for supporting him??? Its their son

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-02-24 10:20

      Then his family should do the right thing and put their son down!

      Sicelo Brukwe - 2013-02-24 13:25

      Family of giants!!

      Mona Carol Mfolo - 2013-04-16 22:58

      Guys dnt judge dis fmly is their son its mst 2 support him,so bck off.

      Mona Carol Mfolo - 2013-04-16 23:02

      Its true dis ppl r mad,dey mst stp jdgng him only God cn do dat.

  • Sicelo Brukwe - 2013-02-24 11:23

    Oscar and his brother Carl are all facing murder charges so tell me is this the family of killers or what the hell is going on with this Pistorius family!

  • viva.lebok - 2013-02-24 12:04

    Must say that most of SA public are a bunch of ludricouos gossip freaks and make up stories and then believe their own BS stores. Like the idiot cop Botha. Gossip lead to steroids, the neighbour heard the fighting from 600 meters away, 6 shots being fired, 3 shots then after 17 minutes another 3 shots....and more Noone knows the real story, so let the trial take its course and the truth will come out.... Yes, Oscar killed Reeva which is horrific but whether it was murder, premediated murder or an accident, noone knows the real truth.....he will receive punishment either way.

      viva.lebok - 2013-02-24 12:09

      Forgot to mention another stupid gossip story, that apparently Houggard text reeva at 3 am. Oscar got angry and killed reeva because of a text.....OMG but the public just love their own stories....

      Sicelo Brukwe - 2013-02-24 13:23

      Believe it or not the Pistorius family uleashed two killers in February 2013!

  • anaska.israel - 2013-02-28 10:13


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