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Sat Sep 20 16:01:25 SAST 2014

Pistorius should not be granted bail, says ANCWL

Sapa | 17 February, 2013 13:50
Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius is led away from the Boschkop Police Station in Pretoria. He was arrested in connection with shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day.
Image by: JAMES OATWAY

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius should not be granted bail when he appears in court next Tuesday, the ANC Women's League said on Sunday.

Spokeswoman for the league Troy Martens said the magistrate should take into consideration claims in the media that there is a strong case of premeditated murder against him.

"It is with this in mind that the ANCWL urges the magistrate to heed the call of the prosecutors in this case and deny bail," said Martens.

Pistorius was arrested on Thursday after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was shot dead at his home in Pretoria.

The 26-year-old 'blade runner' is currently in police custody and is expected to apply for bail at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The league called for Pistorius to be treated like any other person accused of committing a crime of this nature.

"No special circumstances should be considered based on his celebrity status," said Martens.

The ANCWL said that Steenkamp's death was not an isolated incident and therefore the league was extremely concerned with the high levels of femicide in the country.

Martens said the Medical Research Council of South Africa released a study indicating that a women is killed by her intimate partner every eight minutes in South Africa.

"No women should have to die at the hands of their romantic partner, but research indicates just over 50 percent of all women murdered are the result of intimate femicide," she said.

The league also sent their condolences to Steenkamp's family.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the bright young woman who had the world at her feet just a week ago; but that was all taken away from her in an instant."

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