Monday 23 October 2017

Exclusive: Reeva's mother to open care centre for women and children affected by domestic abuse in her honour

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

One of Reeva Steenkamp's dreams will become a reality next year, as a care centre for women and children affected by domestic violence will be opened in her name.

The centre, which will be opened by her mother June Steenkamp, will be located in her home town of Port Elizabeth. The model and paralegal, who was shot dead by her boyfriend Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in February 2013, had a passion for working with women and children who were victims of abuse according to African National Congress Women's League Spokeswoman, Jacqui Mofokeng, who attends Pistorius' trial every day to support June.

"[Reeva] was looking forward to making sure she works with women, as if she knew what was going to happen. It was her passion," she said.

"For us, that will be Reeva's legacy."

June Steenkamp has already made progress in creating the centre, but will not be developing it until she has a break once the trial is over.

"I'm definitely sure it will be running in a year because [June] is really, really looking forward to doing that."

Speaking to in her home in Pretoria, Ms Mofokeng said she has been there for June from Pistorius' bail hearing and all the way through the trial.

"She seems to be very bubbly with her family and her husband, who is becoming better and better. We wish him a speedy recovery," she said.

"The difference between this case and other case is that Oscar is a celebrity. Even if it was Reeva killed by somebody who was nobody, no one would have known about the matter.

"People want us to feel pity for Oscar crying? Let me tell you, I am one of those who don't feel anything for his crying, his screaming and his vomiting. I've developed a thick skin just to go on."

Since the case began, a number of people wait outside the court chanting Oscar's name, releasing balloons and raising banners. Ms Mofokeng spoke to a few of those people and said they should feel shame.

"They have a right to protest, but they shouldn't go out with balloons like it was a party or a wedding, because for me it was like dancing on Reeva's grave and I'm saying shame on them.

"June is a Christian. She said to to me 'let them do whatever they want to do. I am not the person to judge'," she said.

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