South Africa: PR firm quits Pistorius camp

FILE - In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 Olympian Oscar Pistorius stands following his bail hearing, as his brother Carl, center, and father Henke look on, in Pretoria, South Africa. The family of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian charged with murdering his girlfriend, is feuding publicly about whether guns are a necessary protection against crime in South Africa. British newspapers quoted Pistorius' father, Henke Pistorius, as saying the family owned handguns for self-defense and suggesting that South Africa's government shares blame for "white crime levels" in the country. In a statement Tuesday March 5, 2013 quoting the runner's uncle, Arnold Pistorius, the family subsequently distanced itself from the father's comments. (AP Photo/Masi Losi/Pretoria News) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African public relations company says it will no longer represent Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee athlete charged with murdering his girlfriend.

Janine Hills, the head of Vuma Reputation Management, says the Pistorius family is in a "stronger position" to handle media issues, but that her company will continue to provide guidance.

Hills said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that a "handover process" had been underway since March 1.

Pistorius, who was freed from police detention on bail, shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day. He says he mistook her for an intruder. Prosecutors believe he shot her intentionally after the couple had an argument.