Os­car treated same as other in­mates

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - VIRGILATTE GWANGWA

OF­FEND­ERS were taken to out­side hos­pi­tals for check-ups reg­u­larly and on a daily ba­sis, and this was no dif­fer­ent for Os­car Pis­to­rius.

This is ac­cord­ing to Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices spokesper­son Singabakho Nx­u­malo, af­ter a so­cial me­dia storm erupted over news that the Par­a­lympian ap­par­ently fell ill and was taken to Kala­fong Hos­pi­tal in Pretoria yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Soon af­ter the news broke that he had been taken from the At­teridgeville Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre to the hos­pi­tal, there was spec­u­la­tion that he had suf­fered a heart at­tack.

Nx­u­malo, how­ever, told In­de­pen­dent Me­dia that the re­ports were ex­ag­ger­ated.

He said: “There are med­i­cal con­di­tions that hos­pi­tals within our fa­cil­i­ties can­not at­tend to, hence we of­ten use hos­pi­tals. But we ex­pect of­fender Pis­to­rius to re­turn to the cor­rec­tional cen­tre this af­ter­noon.”

This time last year, Pis­to­rius sus­tained in­juries on his wrists while in jail and was taken to the same hos­pi­tal. At the time, Nx­u­malo said the of­fender had injured him­self af­ter fall­ing from the bed. Spec­u­la­tion was rife that he had tried to com­mit sui­cide.

Pis­to­rius was sen­tenced to six years in pri­son for the mur­der of his girl­friend, Reeva Steenkamp. He was con­victed of mur­der for fa­tally shoot­ing Steenkamp on Valen­tine’s Day, 2013, be­liev­ing she was an in­truder.

PIC­TURE: AP

HOS­PI­TALISED: Os­car Pis­to­rius.

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