Oscar Pistorius’ father unintentionally landed him in even more hot water this week, when he suggested that his son needed to have multiple guns in his home because the government in his country fails to protect white people.
Speaking to British newspapers, Henke Pistorius argued that the reason why white South Africans needed to stay armed is because the ANC doesn’t do an acceptable job of defending them. He also said the family owned as many as 55 rifles between them.
"Some of the guns are for hunting and some are for protection, the hand guns," the Telegraph quoted Henke Pistorius as saying. "It speaks to the ANC government, look at white crime levels, why protection is so poor in this country, it's an aspect of our society."
Naturally, this earned accusations of racism and bigotry from numerous publications and organizations.
ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said his organization "rejects with contempt" the suggestion that they don't adequately protect white South Africans against crime.
"Not only is this statement devoid of truth, it is also racist," Mthembu said in a statement. "It is sad that he has chosen to politicize a tragic incident that is still fresh in the minds of those affected and the public."
Shortly after Henke Pistorius’ comments began to circulate around the globe, the Pistorius family issued a statement noting that it was “deeply concerned" about the interview.
"Oscar Pistorius's family is deeply concerned about the comments made by Oscar's father, Henke Pistorius, to UK newspaper the Telegraph about the family using its weapons to defend themselves against crime in South Africa, and especially about his comments that the ANC government is not willing to protect white South Africans," the statement read.
The gun Oscar Pistorius used to shoot Reeva Steenkamp this past Valentine’s Day was purchased legally. The Lowveld Firearm Collectors Association, which the Olympian is said to have joined last year, says that he owns six other guns that he has not yet legally licensed.