Oscar Pistorius trial: Why Reeva Steenkamp's mother June says she's 'forgiven' the athlete
'It’s important for him to know I’m there, that Reeva’s mother who gave birth to her and loved her, is there for her,' June told Hello!
However, the mother of the model concluded that she believes Reeva will only “rest in peace” once the verdict of the trial has been given.
“I don’t hate Oscar,” she said in an interview with Hello! magazine. “I’ve forgiven him. I have to, that’s my religion. But I am determined to face him and reclaim my daughter.
“It’s important for him to know I’m there, that Reeva’s mother who gave birth to her and loved her, is there for her.”
She went on to describe the presence of her 29-year-old daughter that she continues to connect with, despite the fact she died over a year ago.
“I feel her presence and talk to her all the time,” she said. “She’ll only rest in peace when this is over.
“I trust that God will prevail and justice will be done. All we want is the truth.”
Her words stand at a stark contrast to that of Reeva’s sister’s, Simone Steenkamp. Speaking in April 2014, she branded the Olympic athlete a “disgusting liar” who is trying to avoid a life sentence as he stands trial for Reeva’s murder.
“He is trying to convince the court that they were really close and he cared for her,” she said. “It's not true. He is a disgusting liar.”
The details of June Steenkamp’s interview comes just days after previously unseen footage of Pistorius apparently enacting the events leading up to the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home last year emerged.
Video: June Steenkamp speaks out earlier this year
A preview of the leaked video, to be broadcast on the Sunday Night documentary slot of Australia’s Channel Seven, shows the Paralympic athlete running awkwardly but unaided without his prosthesis through a living room while clenching his fist, as if pretending to hold a gun.
It is unclear why the re-enactment was prepared and why it is yet to be shown in the trial.
Pistorius’ spokeswoman Anneliese Burgress said the athlete’s legal advisors were seeking “urgent clarification” from the broadcaster in relation to the video.
Pistorius’ trial continues.
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