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Sat Nov 01 14:32:46 SAST 2014

Partying Oscar hit on Reeva 'double' just 52 days after shooting girlfriend

Werner Swart | 20 July, 2014 08:15

Oscar Pistorius chased after a Reeva Steenkamp lookalike just weeks after he gunned down his model girlfriend.

The disgraced Olympic superstar zoomed in on an FHM cover girl at a party just 52 days after the Valentine's Day killing at his Silver Woods Estate home in Pretoria last year.

Bizarrely, the object of his attention, Kesiah Frank, bears a striking resemblance to the slain woman.

Frank is also, like Steenkamp, a beautiful blonde model who holds a law degree.

The details of Pistorius's behaviour in private - along with excessive drinking - are in sharp contrast to his public demeanour since Steenkamp's death.

He has been at pains to portray himself as an emotionally broken man during the months of his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria.

On Saturday last week, Pistorius became involved in a high-profile scuffle with businessman Jared Mortimer at The VIP Room, a nightclub in Sandton.

This week, new details emerged about the athlete's behaviour when he astonished guests by showing up at a private party in Illovo, Johannesburg, on April 6 last year.

Dressed casually in jeans and a white T-shirt, he appeared awkward and out of place at first.

But once he had knocked back a few drinks and shooters, Pistorius bounced back, according to guests who watched him. He then targeted Frank.

Pistorius took to the dance floor and kept asking the blonde beauty to accompany him to another party, several guests said this week.

He grabbed her hand to dance and flirted, giving up only after all his advances were rejected.

Three guests who spoke to the Sunday Times said they had wondered "when this was going to come out".

They sai d Pistorius was "drunk" at the party hosted by a businessman. The businessman, who asked not to be named, confirmed that Pistorius was at his party even though he had not invited him .

"I don't want to say anything else," he said.

Other guests said Pistorius knocked back one drink after the other, including tequila shots. They were very surprised by his advances towards Frank, they said.

Frank, a lawyer at a firm in Sandton, did not deny the guests' version, but replied to queries with a polite e-mail saying she would "not be making a statement".

One of the guests recalled: "He arrived and was subdued, but once we started with the shooters he loosened up and started dancing.

"He turned his attention on poor Kesiah and he almost harassed her with his constant remarks. It was obvious he was instantly smitten with her, but she made it clear she was not interested. It was kind of pathetic to witness."

Said another guest: "I just thought it was straight-out weird how he could be so flirty and straightforward about his intentions so soon after what happened. It's not like his girlfriend left him or it was a car accident. He shot her."

After Pistorius became involved in a scuffle with Mortimer in Sandton on Saturday last week, his family publicly expressed concern for the first time about his "self-harming" behaviour.

They said in a statement: "Those of us closest to him have been witness to his escalating sense of loneliness and alienation. This, we believe, is underlying some of his self-harming behaviour.

"Oscar is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain that is manifesting itself in some of his recent unwise actions and choices."

Johannesburg clinical psychologist Leonard Carr said the family should probably rather have characterised Pistorius's behaviour as "self-sabotaging".

"He shows a consistent lack of judgment and a lack of impulse control. What his behaviour shows is someone who does not have control and has a severe lack of judgment ... how he has been behaving shows there is something seriously wrong."

The Sunday Times reported last year that Pistorius arrived at the Kitchen Bar in Fourways, Johannesburg, for a party where he was also boozing and flirting with women.

It has now become clear that he arrived at the Fourways bar after leaving the Illovo party.

The Blade Runner, one of the world's top athletes and the former face of top companies with endorsements worth millions, has denied any inappropriate behaviour.

A report by a panel of psychiatrists compiled for the court hearing his murder trial said Pistorius admitted to "drinking more" since killing Steenkamp.

Hours after the Sandton nightclub scuffle, Pistorius broke his Twitter silence by tweeting a Bible verse and pictures of him with children - in all probability knowing news of the fight was about to become public.

Mortimer said he was furious when a "drunk" Pistorius spoke to him at the club about mutual friends, saying he felt they had stabbed him in the back.

But it was Pistorius's comments about the Zuma family that most upset him, said Mortimer. He shoved Pistorius, who fell over and then left the club.

Mortimer said he was a good friend of President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane.

"He [Pistorius] showed pictures of armoured cars and claimed his family owns the South African army and the Zumas.

"He said he would p*ss on the Zuma family," said Mortimer.

Earlier this year, the Sunday Times reported that Pistorius had lied in the past to protect his image and had been caught boasting about things he did not have.

One example was a McLaren sports car he drove and claimed to own. It emerged that the car was only on loan to him.

He also lied about his relationship with Steenkamp, claiming during an interview just one month before he killed her that he was not ready for a serious relationship. In court, however, he testified that they were serious as a couple.

His boasting about his family's influence in the South African military is another massive untruth. Company searches show the closest link his family have to the army is through a company belonging to his uncle, Theo Pistorius, who builds and supplies armoured cars.

N4 Trucks says on its website it "re-manufactures" armoured military vehicles that are mostly used for policing, guarding and peace-keeping efforts.

Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to murder, returns to court on August 7 when the prosecution and defence will begin their final arguments.

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