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Os­car Pis­to­rius’ fa­ther, Henke, was one of the first vis­i­tors at Pre­to­ria’s Kgosi Mam­puru II prison yes­ter­day morn­ing to visit his son.

Henke Pis­to­rius parked his sil­ver Toy­ota Prado un­der a tree in the prison’s park­ing lot, near the main en­trance, be­fore 7.30am.

He held a DVD case in his hand while he stood and waited out­side his car for the vis­i­tors’ cen­tre to open at 8am. Vis­it­ing hours are be­tween 8am and 2pm over week­ends.

His daugh­ter, Aimée, ar­rived at the prison about an hour later with her un­cle Arnold in his white Mercedes-Benz.

Henke Pis­to­rius stood at the en­trance to the cen­tre speak­ing to a warder. His daugh­ter kissed him in greet­ing and they walked in to­gether.

City Press’ sis­ter news­pa­per, Rap­port, watched the two emerge a short while later, walk to Arnold Pis­to­rius’ car and re­turn car­ry­ing five bags, in­clud­ing a brown pa­per packet, a plas­tic Game shop­ping packet, a Wool­worths gro­cery bag and a black shoul­der bag which Aimée slung over her right shoul­der.

They were barely inside when brother Carl ar­rived at 8.40am with a uniden­ti­fied fe­male rel­a­tive, who also car­ried a shop­ping bag.

Os­car Pis­to­rius has been placed in a sin­gle cell in the prison. Area com­mis­sioner of the prison, Ze­bu­lon Monama, said this was the case with many other pris­on­ers the depart­ment of cor­rec­tional ser­vices be­lieved needed pro­tec­tion.

For the first six months of his term, Pis­to­rius’ jail vis­its – four vis­its a month of 45 min­utes each over week­ends – will take place be­hind a thick glass par­ti­tion be­fore he qual­i­fies for con­tact vis­its.


FAM­ILY SO­LACE Os­car Pis­to­rius’ brother Carl (left), and his fa­ther and sis­ter, Henke and Aimée (right), ar­rive at Kgosi Mam­puru II prison in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day

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