'From Man to Superman to Gunman' Pistorius on Time cover in article on SA violence

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 07:10 hrs

Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is featured on the covers of Time magazine, and in an article on violence in South Africa. The title of the article is 'From Man to Superman to Gunman'.

The article, which comes after a senior MP stated that Steenkamp would have been alive if Pistorius had not kept a gun at his home, has used the Pistorius case in the context of South Africa's culture of violence, the Herald Sun reports.

Describing the romance between Pistorius and Steenkamp and their idyllic holiday in Cape Town a month before Steenkamp's death, the article then contrasts those images with the violence that is common in South Africa's shanty towns.

The Time article also connects the Pistorius shooting incident in his gated Silver community with the historical fight between Afrikaans settlers, who lived behind barbed wire, and the natives 200 years ago.

Explaining the importance of Pistorius to South Africa, the article also examines the fact that in a country obsessed with disadvantage, Pistorius was' the ultimate meritocrat, a runner with no legs who ignored the accidents of his birth to compete against the best', the report added. (ANI)

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