Any meeting between Oscar, Steenkamps will be private - Pistorius family

2015-10-26 14:52
(Photo: Oscar Pistorius, file AFP)

(Photo: Oscar Pistorius, file AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


State's argument that Pistorius murdered Steenkamp is strong - criminal law expert

2015-10-21 08:34

The Supreme Court of Appeal is soon expected to rule on the State's appeal of Oscar Pistorius's conviction. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - Any meeting between Oscar Pistorius and Barry Steenkamp will happen "away from the media spotlight", a spokesperson for the Pistorius family told News24.

"I hope you understand that we simply cannot be having this conversation in the media. Any engagement with the Steenkamp family has to be handled with the necessary care and respect, away from the media spotlight," Annelise Burgess said on Monday.

She had been asked to respond to a report that Reeva Steenkamp's father, Barry, would want to meet with Oscar one day.

Pistorius was released last week after a year in prison for killing Steenkamp by shooting through a locked toilet door in his bedroom in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013. 


"I think I will get more closure one day if I get the chance to speak to Oscar myself," Barry Steenkamp told Carte Blanche on Sunday.

"Most probably I wouldn't have to say anything. I will just have to look at him... but that is what I would like to do one day," Barry added.

Steenkamp's mother, June, on Wednesday October 21 told an assembly at her daughter's alma mater that she did not want to see Oscar Pistorius suffer in jail.

June Steenkamp said she never wanted Pistorius to be thrown in jail or to be suffering.

"I don't wish suffering on anyone, and that is not going to bring Reeva back... I don't want revenge. I am past that and once you have told God you are going to forgive, you have to forgive. I don't want him to suffer... I would certainly not want to hurt another human being," she said.

News24 reported that Pistorius will serve the rest of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide under house arrest. During his six-month trial, he said he shot Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, with a pistol he kept under his bed because he mistook her for an intruder.

Pistorius's parole conditions have not been publicly revealed, but they are reported to compel him to meet with Steenkamp's parents if they wish.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  june steenkamp  |  pistorius trial

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.