Oscar: Our fallen hero

The last couple of days, Oscar Pistorius and the alleged murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has been the topic of almost every tweet, Facebook status and pub conversation in South Africa and it is even making waves abroad. Different angles are being covered by different people – from mistaken identity to domestic problems and a love triangle – but the one thing people seem to be missing is that South Africa has lost a hero, a national symbol.

@GarethRosslee argued here that one should be skeptical about idolizing sport stars as some of them have been known to let us down from time to time – personally, I could not disagree more. Oscar is more than just a Paralympic and Olympic athlete – to many South Africans he is a symbol of hope – here’s a guy that defied the odds and became a national hero. If your parents failed you or if you have whatever type of disability that holds you back, physically or mentally, it’s people like Oscar who inspires you to fight through it and come out the other end successful. I don’t think most of us can fathom the amount of lives his story touched and changed. Worldwide celebrities have taken to Twitter to sing his praises in the past – testament to how much of an impact Oscar has made.

It does not matter if Oscar is guilty of murder – premeditated or not – I feel we should put our opinions and thoughts aside and take some time to mourn the loss of a national hero. We have lost a tragic hero, similar to those Shakespeare used to write about, and who knows when and if South Africa will be able to produce another…

Written for The Pundits by @thatWallace

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  • The sooner we, the fans of sport, come to terms with the fact that these guys and girls are just normal people providing entertainment for those of us too lazy to bother. I appreciate what they do in their field. What they get up to in their personal life does not affect or concern me.

  • The sooner we, the fans of sport, comes to terms with the fact that these guys and girls are just normal people providing entertainment for too lazy to bother. I appreciate ehat they do in their respective sporting codes. What they do in their personal capacity does not concern and affect me.

  • Well written. This is an absolutely tragic story which just breaks my heart. I respect how you have remained neutral about the murder case, but have focused on the sport aspect, which is what the Pundits are all about. Well done Wallace!

  • Once again one of the only opinions that makes any sense. To say that we shouldn’t have heroes or to admire people who are by far the best at what they do because of a handful who fallen from grace so spectacularly is just plain daft in my opinion.

  • It’s not a crime so severe but when heroes fall I always look back to mine, Hansie. He was but a man, with flaws but everything considered he’ll always remain the captain I admired and loved to the day he tragically died. He is almost single handedly the reason for my passion for any game…. Did he fall from grace? Spectacularly so… Will I always have respect for him? Till the day I die.

    Oscar, did not only rock the core of nation, but the foundations of the sporting world… Now the time has come for him to take responsibility for his actions, just like Hansie. If there are children out there and Oscar represented as much to them as Hansie did to me, I surely hope that the child has the ability to draw the lines between sporting hero and flawed man.

    Thanks Ryan, good one mate

    • @Sally, just because there is no mention of Reeva, is not to say I am saying we shouldn’t mourn her loss of life. Before this whole thing happened, I had never even heard of Reeva so it would be a bit hypocritical of me to comment and pretend to be sad about someone I never knew anything about.

    • People need to realize that millions of people around the world have no idea who Reeva was, heck even millions of people in SA didn’t know who she was.

      That’s why the story is about Oscar he WAS a hero and an inspirational to millions around the world. What he did will probably never be done again. Sadly for what ever made him commit this horrible dead has destroyed that.

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