‘He’ll have to live with it’

2013-02-23 00:00

OSCAR Pistorius will have to live with his conscience if he allowed his lawyers to lie on his behalf, Reeva Steenkamp’s father, Barry, said yesterday.

In the first frank interview since his youngest daughter's death, he frequently wiped away tears.

His wife, June, said she had no tears left and just wanted to finish mourning her daughter. “I will have to get used to my life without her,” she said, rubbing her husband’s back as he sat sobbing on the couch in their home in Seaview outside Port Elizabeth.

“There are only two people who really know what happened and that is Oscar Pistorius and the Lord,” Barry said.

“It does not matter how much money he has or how good his legal team is, he must live with his conscience if he allows his legal team to lie for him.

“He will have to live with his conscience. But if he is telling the truth, I could perhaps forgive him one day.

“If it did not happen as he says it did, he must suffer. And he will suffer … only he knows.”

June had looked forward to having grandchildren and to planning Reeva’s wedding.

“Now everything has been taken from me — in such a violent manner.

“It is so violent. We just want to know the truth,” she pleaded.

June and Barry did not know Pistorius, but said their daughter never said that she was unhappy or afraid with him.

“She started seeing him in November and the first public photos of them together were on the red carpet [at the annual South Africa Sports Awards],” said June.

People from across the world, among them Princess Charlene of Monaco, have sent their condolences to the Steenkamps.

The Steenkamps also received a wreath and message from the Pistorius family.

“Yes, but what does it mean,” June wanted to know.

“But also, his sister Aimee had done nothing wrong. And his parents … they must be broken. They are not to blame.”

The family said they hoped Reeva’s death would not be in vain, and are planning to institute a trust in Reeva’s name, “to immortalise her legacy. The trust must help abused women … anything that’s needed.”

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