In the first full week since his release on bail after being charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius’s representatives have tried to gain control of the narrative.
Pistorius, they said, held a private memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot to death at his Pretoria, South Africa, house in the early-morning hours of Valentine’s Day. On Wednesday, they revealed that a substance found in Pistorius’s bedroom was not testosterone. Instead, they said, it was Testis compositum, an herbal remedy they contend is used for muscle recovery. A product with the same name, the Associated Press reports, is sold as a sexual enhancer.
All the public-relations work, though, may have been undone by the new Time magazine cover that shows Pistorius with the words: “Man. Superman. Gunman.” In the cover story, Africa bureau chief Alex Perry writes about the country’s difficult history with race relations and the violence that seems to pervade the country’s culture.
Pistorius is scheduled to return to court June 4.