Reeva Steenkamp’s family speak out for first time since Pistorius is freed

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp, the model shot and killed by Oscar Pistorius, has revealed she’s forgiven the Paralympian for his crime.


by Ellie Hooper |
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Despite the runner serving just 12 months for the killing, June Steenkamp has said she ‘doesn’t want to hurt’ the athlete, as ‘he is already a disabled person’ with his own struggles.

Oscar was released on Monday into house arrest, which he will serve at his Uncle’s house in Pretoria.

But although his sentence was criticised for being so short for taking a life - June Steenkamp said today: ‘I’ve got no feelings of revenge. I don’t want to hurt him. He’s already a disabled person.’

June Steenkamp
June Steenkamp

‘I don’t want him thrown in jail…that’s not going to bring Reeva back…In my heart I don’t want revenge towards him, I’m past that.’

June made the remarkable show of forgiveness as she launched the Reeva Steenkamp Foundation at a school in Port Elizabeth.

On the day, June read the speech that Reeva was meant to deliver the morning she was killed.

When asked how she was coping, the mother of one simply said: ‘It’s been a hard journey and it’s going to go on until the day I die.’

What a courageous lady.

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