South African TV channel pulls Pistorius ads off air

South Africa's M-Net cable TV channel is pulling campaign adverts featuring "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius off air with immediate effect, a company official said on Thursday.

Pistorius has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.

Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the house, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.

 South African TV channel pulls Pistorius ads off air

Pistorius has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria. Getty Images

Hours later after undergoing police questioning, Pistorius left a police station accompanied by officers. He looked down as photographers snapped pictures, the hood on his gray workout jacket pulled up, covering most of his face. His court hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon but has been postponed until Friday to give forensic investigators time to carry out their work, said Medupe Simasiku, a spokesman for the prosecution.

South Africans were shocked at the killing. But while Pistorius captured the nation’s attention with his Olympic quest, police said there was a recent history of problems involving him. Police spokeswoman Brigadier Denise Beukes said the incidents included “allegations of a domestic nature.”

Keep a watch on our Sports page for updates on the case.

Reuters

Updated Date: Feb 15, 2013 09:17:27 IST