Oscar, PR firm to part ways

Mar 08, 2013, 09:07 IST | AFP

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is to part ways with the public relations firm hired after his arrest over the killing of his girlfriend, the company said yesterday

CEO Janine Hills said Vuma Corporate Reputation Management is still working with the star sprinter, but is “in the process of a handover” which began on last Friday.

The company was hired amid vast interest from the South African and international media after Pistorius was arrested and accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Hills said the company had initially expected to work with the 26-year-old Pistorius for a couple of weeks, helping to field up to 500 calls and 2,000 e-mails a day from the media.

Vuma very publicly chastened Pistorius’ father for claiming that white South Africans need guns because the ANC government does not protect them. Hills denied the spat with Henke Pistorius was the reason their collaboration was coming to an end.

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