Oscar Pistorius becomes a spiritual leader in South African prison
28th December 2018

Oscar Pistorius becomes a spiritual leader in South African prison teaching ‘hardcore’ inmates about the Bible

  • Oscar Pistorius, 32, is in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reva Steenkamp, 29
  • His father Henke Pistorius claims his son has become the leader of a Bible group
  • According to Mr Pistorius he teaches several inmates within the study sessions 

Pistorius at his sentencing hearing back in 2016

Oscar Pistorius has become a spiritual leader and is converting inmates at his South African prison – his father has revealed.

The former Paralympic gold medallist, who is serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of his model girlfriend Reva Steenkamp, 29, is now the leader of a bible group at the Atteridgeville correctional centre in Pretoria.

Henke Pistorius told the Times that his son had ‘always been a child of God’ and was ‘making a difference to others’ within the prison walls.

‘I have no doubt that Oscar has changed the environment in the prison for the better, he is helping to mediate between people and is having a positive influence,’ Mr Pistorius said.

‘He can feel he is making a difference to others who really needed a difference to be made — to give their lives meaning, purpose and some hope. As a result, things have also improved for him. It’s a wonderful story.

‘They are hardcore chaps, the problem people in the prison, but now they are all meeting to follow the Bible once or twice a week.’ 

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Pistorius is currently serving a life sentence at Atteridgeville Prison (pictured) in Pretoria, South Africa

Pistorius is serving a 15-year-sentence for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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The Weekend Argus quoted a source in the Department of Correctional Services who claimed Pistorius was a model prisoner who was ‘humble and caring’. 

The source said: ‘The Oscar I’ve come to know in jail is kind-hearted and cares for his fellow inmates. He buys food for those who can’t afford it or those who are far away from their relatives. And he does this without asking for anything in return.

‘Oscar also doesn’t deny what he did and shows remorse every day without faking it or to manipulate people’s opinions. This is the side he shows in jail and people should stop judging him’.

The source said that Pistorius keeps a low profile behind bars and did not enjoy any preferential treatment adding: ‘He likes his privacy and spends a lot of his time reading and visiting the prison library. He’s a real bookworm.’.

Murdered Reeva’s mother June Steenkamp, 71, recently told local media that she had forgiven Oscar for murdering her daughter but believed that he should still be punished.

A rare glimpse of Oscar Pistorius as he covers his face arriving at the memorial service for his late grandfather in Centurion yesterday

Pistorius was refused permission by the South African Constitutional Court earlier this year to make any more appeals against his conviction or sentence for murdering Reeva.

The Blade Runner was the first double amputee to race in the Olympics competing in the 2012 London games becoming a role model for the disabled worldwide.

The following year Pistorius plummeted from grace after being arrested for the brutal murder of Reeva shooting her four times including a fatal wound to the head.

Reeva’s parents English born June from Blackburn, Lancs, and her South African born retired horse trainer husband Barry, 75, were always convinced she was murdered.

The couple told a TV channel that they believe Reeva had packed her bags and told Pistorius she was leaving him on the evening of her death and that he killed her.

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