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“Man, Superman, Gunman” Oscar Pistorius Covers March Issue of TIME Magazine after Allegedly Shooting his Girlfriend Dead



South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius who is currently being investigated for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp covers TIME Magazine this month.

The very lengthy cover story ‘Pistorius And South Africa’s Culture Of Violence‘ considers the wider topic of South Africa and its culture of violence even in the midst of its rise above apartheid and the development in the country.

Click here to read the TIME Magazine story.

Below is an excerpt:

Four days before Oscar Pistorius shot her in the elbow, hip and head through the bathroom door at his home in Pretoria, Reeva Steenkamp tweeted a message about violence against women in South Africa. “I woke up in a happy safe home this morning,” the 29-year-old wrote. “Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape of individuals.” As Valentine’s Day broke with the news that the 26-year-old who became a global icon in 2012 by running in both the Paralympics and the Olympics had killed his girlfriend, Steenkamp’s words–repeated around the world–only added to the sense of improbability. I checked Steenkamp’s words on Twitter. Then I found myself scrolling back through her life in 140-character snippets.

Steenkamp–who described herself on Twitter as “SA Model, Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God”–tweeted a lot. She loved her friends! She loved red-carpet events and award ceremonies and sponsored parties! She loved her modeling agency and new skin creams and the people who fixed her hair!

Above all, Steenkamp really loved her favorite people. And from New Year’s Day to Jan. 7 she posted regularly from a vacation she was taking in and around the city where she was born, Cape Town, with a few friends and the man she called “my boo,” who on Twitter goes by @OscarPistorius. On Jan. 3 she posted a picture of the sunrise taken from the balcony of the $680-a-night presidential suite at a spa hotel in Hermanus, 90 minutes southeast of Cape Town. Later that day she tweeted, “The chauffeurs in Cape Town hey. Nice!” and attached a picture of Pistorius driving an Aston Martin. On Jan. 4, name-checking Pistorius, her best friend, a private banker and a luxury-car importer who was sourcing a McLaren sports car for Pistorius, she tweeted about a lunch the five were sharing at Cape Town’s newest hip hangout. “Shimmy Beach Club!” she wrote. “Tooooo much food!!! Amazing holiday :)”

Steenkamp had been dating Pistorius only since November. However brief their life together, her tweets reveal the glamorous life of the white South African elite. In many ways, the end of apartheid 19 years ago, and the crippling sanctions that died with it, made their lives better. Incomes rose, guilt fell. But beyond the painful irony of a woman killed by gunshots having tweeted about violence against women, there was also the killer’s defense: that Steenkamp was the tragic victim of a racially splintered society in which fear and distrust are so pervasive that citizens shoot first and ask questions later. And then there was the murder scene itself, a locked bathroom within a fortified mansion in an elite enclave surrounded by barbed wire, in a country where more than half the population earns less than $65 a month and killings are now so common that they reach the highest echelons of society and celebrity. Why is gun violence so prevalent in South Africa? Why is violence against women so common?

What are your thoughts on the cover and the ongoing investigation into his girlfriend’s murder?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. nomad

    March 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    There is no alleged in this. He ADMITTEDLY shot his girlfriend. The case is whether it was premeditated or accidental.

  2. Yewande Aje

    March 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I feel like this article is highly inappropriate! So that’s what we’re doing now Time Magazine, we’re jumping to conclusions about this very sensitive case?? This is not the time to make $$ off a very painful trial. Pistorius is guilty, Pistorius is innocent…we don’t know yet. Time Magazine (historically) has this very uncanny way of molding a story to suit their needs. Really?? so you’re just going to use photoshop to darken the area around pistrorius’ eyes to give us the impression of someone sinister? (and expect us not to notice?)

    And even if he did kill his girlfriend, you’re going to throw an entire country under the bus to prove a point…that gun violence is prevalent in Africa. Seeing as the worst headlines this year came out of the US and involved (on multiple occasions) gun men killing scores and dozens….I CAN’T TAKE TIME MAGAZINE SERIOUSLY ANYMORE!

    • Amazeballs!

      March 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      God Bless you, i cant shout please!

    • Old school

      March 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Shut Ur mouth yetunde and use Ur brains……do u read the news? Do u not know that crime rate in SA is very high? Just shut up pls…..everything is a gang up against Africa ….

  3. Inky

    March 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Lwkmd. which one nah allegedly? He shot her dead. Fact. What’s alleged is the intention: murder or manslaughter.

  4. Ady

    March 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I honestly think this was a mistake!:(

  5. Nonnie

    March 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    a mistake?? you dont shot somebody for times and its a mistake!!

    • Nonnie

      March 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm


  6. eggyposh

    March 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    This “TIME” cover is so wrong and inappropriate! It is creepy as well!

  7. Sexxie

    March 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm


  8. Concerned_Boyfriend

    March 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    @Yewande Aje, Lovely dissertation!… The U.S media culture is one that is deeply rooted in disparagement. Like an old adage says, “remove the speck from your own eyes before pointing out others”.

  9. koko

    March 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Time has been doing this kind of reporting for a while now. Following the footsteps of Newsweek. that is why they are dying..oh newsweek is already dead thanks the Tina Brown

  10. Defender

    March 10, 2013 at 3:57 am

    You all rating about time magazine are just making noise…..I don’t get all this bullshit u all talk when they discuss issues about America….don’t u hear stories about America all over the world? Are u people not aware that SA has a very high crime rate? Is time magazine meant to only report news about America ? Pls stop all that hypocritical bullshit, the world is a global village and Africa is no exception…whether he is guilty or not he became popular after the Olympics and the world will def be interested now that another sensational incident has happened in his life…period

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