The Straits Times
Published on Feb 23, 2013

Family gather for 'time together' after Pistorius freed on bail


PRETORIA (AFP) - South Africa's Olympic "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius's family will gather to meet him Saturday, a day after his release on bail pending a murder trial over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

"The family just want time together," a source close to them told AFP. "They haven't thought about anything except being together."

Pistorius may also hold talks with his trainer to get back on the track, despite being banned under the terms of his bail from competing outside South Africa. "He is a professional athlete. He needs to keep his body in shape," said the source.

Pistorius was freed on bail on Friday, ahead of a trial for having shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Bail was set at one million rand (S$139,541) and Pistorius was also required to surrender his passport and his firearms. He will have to report twice weekly to Pretoria's Brooklyn police: between 7am and 1pm on Monday and Friday.