‘Reeva did not love Oscar’

2013-03-08 00:00

REEVA Steenkamp was not in love with Oscar Pistorius.

This is according to her cousin, Kim Martins, who told CNN she was as close to Reeva as a sister.

In an interview broadcast yesterday on Anderson Cooper 360, Martins said that there were no secrets between her and Steenkamp.

She knew her cousin was dating Pistorius, but she also knew Steenkamp was not in love.

“And I knew that in time she would chat to me about it,” she said.

Steenkamp , who was killed by Pistorius on Valentine’s Day, never did speak to her cousin about her feelings for Pistorius.

Her version contradicts the picture painted by Pistorius’s defence team during his bail application.

They included statements from several people who knew both Pistorius and Steenkamp, saying that they were in love, and that Pistorius thought she was “the one”.

Martins said that on January 2 this year, she and her daughters finally met Pistorius, at the Ons Huise beachfront café in Bloubergstrand.

“It wasn’t long enough to form an opinion on his personality, you know. Typical Reeva, her and I were chatting …

“So what I saw of him, and the bit that we did speak, he was nice; he did seem like a nice guy.”

On whether she still felt that way, Martins paused for a long time and then replied: “Uhm, I don’t really want to comment on that”.

It also emerged during the interview that Steenkamp’s mother, June, had spoken to Pistorius.

Martins said Steenkamp had phoned her mom and told her that Pistorius — known for his love of fast cars — was speeding on the highway.

“She phoned her mom and said to her mom: ‘Mom, Oscar is speeding’, so June took the phone and said ‘let me speak to Oscar’.

“ And said to him ‘Oscar, hey listen: that is my precious and my only daughter, my precious daughter, and that’s everything. That is my angel, and you better slow down otherwise I will get the mafia on to you afterwards.’ And Reeva said afterwards, ‘mom, he’d slowed down’.”

Martins said that none of Steenkamp’s family would be present at the trial.

“I can tell you that now, and for the reason [that] it’s not about the court case; it’s about Reeva,” she added.

Steenkamp’s uncle, Mike Steenkamp, repeated that he would like to meet Pistorius.

“I would like to be face-to-face with him and forgive him; forgive him [for] what he has done, and that way I can find most probably more peace with the situation,” he said.

He would do so whatever the outcome of the trial, he added.

“Whatever the outcome, I feel … if Christ could forgive when he died on the cross, why can’t I?”

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