Oscar Pistorius breaks Twitter silence in four bizarre posts: 'You have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life'

The four tweets were the first posts by Pistorius since the anniversary of Reeva Steenkamp's death on Valentine's Day

Oscar Pistorius has broken his social media silence with four bizarre tweets - the first since the anniversary of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

The former Paralympic athlete sent out the strange messages to his 354,000 followers on Sunday night (13 July) and Monday morning (14 July), including a collage of pictures of him posing with amputee children and another asking God to “bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing”.

At 17.00 on Sunday, Pistorius began his social media session with a passage from The Bible that read in capitals “THE LORD IS CLOSE TO THE BROKENHEARTED”.

He later removed the post.

 

This was then quickly followed by a post that included an assortment of images picturing Pistorius with a young amputees around the message: “You have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Pistorius’ final tweet on Sunday, included a picture of him pointing to a passage from the Austrian psychiatrist best-selling book Man’s Search for Meaning, written by Victor Frankl when he was a prisoner at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

In the passage, Frankl talks about a man with “nothing left in this world” only being able to “achieve fulfilment[sic]” by “loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved.”

However, Pistorius was back on Twitter on Monday morning with another pious post.

At 07.59, he tweeted: “Lord, today I ask that you bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing. Amen.”

The tweets are the first public posts from Pistorius since 14 February, when he posted a link to an open letter on his website outlining the “pain” and “sadness” he felt at Steenkamp’s death.

Pistorius wrote: “No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved - and continues to love Reeva.

“The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

The letter Pistorius published on his website in February The letter Pistorius published on his website in February

Pistorius is currently standing trial for the murder of Steenkamp, who was shot by Pistorius in the couple’s home in Pretoria, South Africa.

Steenkamp was in the bathroom when she was shot three times by Pistorius.

 

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty, claiming he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

The prosecution alleges that Pistorius shot through the out of anger, knowing it was Steenkamp, not an intruder, hiding inside the bathroom.

The closing arguments of the case will take place on 8 and 9 August at Pretoria High Court before the judge, Thokozile Masipa, considers her verdict, which could take up to a month.

Read More: Defence closes case in Pistorius case
Pistorius a suicide risk says mental health report
Athlete's life was a paradox of successful career in the public eye
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £50,000

£40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £...

Recruitment Genius: Recruitment & HR Administrator

£17000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Business Partner

£55 - 65k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: A HR Manager / HR Business Partner i...

Recruitment Genius: Senior HR Assistant

£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company's vision is to be t...

Day In a Page

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most