Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Taking her life deserves more than the 10 or 11 months he's served' - Reeva Steenkamp's mother tells Newstalk's Pat Kenny show she will attend Oscar Pistorius' re-trial

Published 30/10/2015 | 11:42

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at an event two weeks before he shot and killed her
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at an event two weeks before he shot and killed her

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp has said that she bears no ill will towards paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who spent only one year of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide.

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"I've got no feelings of revenge or wanting bad things for him - I'm just not like that, I have to move on with my life," June Steenkamp told Newstalk's Pat Kenny show.

June Steenkamp comforts Kim Martin, Reeva's cousin, in court.
June Steenkamp comforts Kim Martin, Reeva's cousin, in court.
June Steenkamp delivers a lecture to students at Saint Dominic's school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (AP)

"It's not going to bring Reeva back, whatever happens to him so it makes no difference to me that's been released".

Reality TV star and model Reeva Steenkamp was killed after Pistorius fired four shots through a locked bathroom door at his home on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Reeva Steenkamp
Reeva Steenkamp
Reeva Steenkamp

June said that she still has "nightmares about what happened to her when she was trapped behind that door and how she died". 

"Sometimes I wake up at 3 in the morning and that's the first thing that comes in my head and I couldn't be there to protect her from that," she said.

"She couldn't move in that toilet, she couldn't move a centimetre either way to get out of the way of the firing - she was like a trapped animal in that toilet."

"We didn't know he had guns, we didn't know anything about him actually," she added.

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, in this September 12, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, in this September 12, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files
Oscar Pistorius was yesterday jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius will be confined to his uncle Arnold's home in a suburb of the capital, Pretoria, for the rest of his five year sentence.

The re-trial of the disgraced track star has been scheduled for next Monday - and June has confirmed that she will attend.

"I wasn't going to go, but I decided I must support the people who are fighting the justice for her", she said on the radio show this morning.

"I'd like justice for Reeva - I think taking her life deserves more than the 10 or 11 months that he's served in prison".

However, the grieving mother believes that Pistorius would have received a longer sentence if he wasn't so famous.

"Maybe if he wasn't so famous...I think if he would have just been a normal guy in the street he would have maybe had a stiffer sentence".

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