Shot model's reality TV show airs
Published 16/02/2013 | 22:51
A reality TV show featuring model Reeva Steenkamp has gone on air in South Africa two days after she was shot dead at boyfriend Oscar Pistorius' house.
Sharon Steenkamp, Reeva's cousin, told reporters that the model and law graduate was "proud of being in the show" and had reminded them in their last conversation to make sure that they watched it.
The South African Broadcasting Corp aired the Tropika Island of Treasure programme, showing the late Ms Steenkamp - the victim of a Valentine's Day shooting at the home of Pistorius, the Olympic star and double-amputee athlete.
In the show, recorded earlier, Ms Steenkamp is laughing and smiling, and blowing a kiss toward the camera in Jamaica when it was filmed last year. South African viewers also saw her swimming in the ocean and watching people jump off a cliff and into the sea, shaking her head as they leapt.
SABC said it was dedicated to Steenkamp and displayed the words "Reeva Steenkamp 19 August 1983 - 14 February 2013" between images of a rose and a candle in a short tribute before the show aired. She was also seen blowing the kiss as she sat on a Jamaican beach and her name again appeared on screen with the years of her birth and death.
The country was rocked on Thursday when news broke of Ms Steenkamp's shooting death at the upscale house of the star athlete. Pistorius was arrested and charged with her murder and remains in custody in a police station. His family has strongly denied prosecutors' claims that he murdered her.
Ms Steenkamp's family said earlier on Saturday that it had not been contacted by either the SABC - South Africa's national broadcaster - or the show's producers for permission to air the show, but were not opposed to it because Reeva wanted everyone to see it. "Her last words to us personally were that she wants us to watch it," Sharon Steenkamp said, hours before the programme was shown.
SABC aired the reality show on its main channel, which prominently featured Steenkamp. The show's executive producer, Samantha Moon, said going ahead with the show "is what she would have wanted".
Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old blonde model who graduated from law school, died after suffering four gunshot wounds, police said. Officers recovered a 9mm pistol from Pistorius' house and quickly charged the Olympian and Paralympian with murder over Ms Steenkamp's killing.
Pistorius will appear in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing, something police have said they oppose. Prosecutors also say they will pursue upgraded charges of premeditated murder against him, which means the athletics hero could face a life sentence.