“I believe in Pistorius. He is a winner, a hero, a source of inspiration to many. I am absolutely sure this is a terrible mistake. God will not abandon him.”
This message from André, who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil appears on Oscar Pistorius’s official website, one of thousands of messages of support that have been streaming in from across the world as the Blade Runner prepares to again appear in court for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
“I can speak for many of my musician friends and we are right behind him and do not allow the media frenzy and weirdos to intervene,” South African pianist
Matin Lane wrote on the site.
A group of dedicated supporters from as far away as Sweden and Spain have even created a blog with the aim of giving people the opportunity to show their support for Pistorius. The blog, Support for Oscar Pistorius, was created in June and allows people from all over the world to post messages, photos and even poems.
“The idea behind the blog is to show him that there is significant support, compassion, faith and belief in him,” said Mira Teuber, a Germany-based supporter and one of the founders of the blog.
“It also serves as a channel for others to share their own messages of empathy and support.”
“We believe that Oscar Pistorius deserves a fair trial and should be allowed the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. We wish him to be treated with the respect and dignity that he deserves as a human being.
“That has unfortunately not always been the case since the tragic event in February,” she said.
Teuber said the blog has received more than 19 000 views from 67 countries in little over a month.
“We are completely overwhelmed by the extent of the support for Oscar,” said Pistorius’s uncle, Arnold Pistorius. “Messages are numbering in the thousands. Your heartfelt thoughts and prayers are appreciated at this difficult time.”