Oscar set to pay Steenkamps R2m

2014-01-19 14:36
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius. (City Press)

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius. (City Press)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's lawyers are apparently in talks with Reeva Steenkamp’s parents about an out-of-court settlement that could net them around R2m.

Pistorius, who was charged with the murder of the Steenkamps' daughter, Reeva, last year, has not been served with a summons demanding payment but his legal team is in negotiations with them, reported the Sunday Times.

The Steenkamps, who fell on hard times after their daughter’s death, are now running a pub outside Port Elizabeth. It is believed that they bought the pub with money they were paid for exclusive interviews with foreign media. They would not say how much compensation they were demanding from Pistorius, but well-placed sources say it is between R2m and R3m.

Pistorius, the Paralympic athlete, allegedly gunned down Steenkamp, his girlfriend at the time, in his house in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day last year. He has maintained his innocence, claiming he thought she was an intruder.

Reeva's parents struggling financially

Cecil Myers, Reeva’s “Joburg dad”, confirmed to Beeld earlier last year that Reeva had supported her family financially before her death at the home of Oscar Pistorius on 14 February.


Reeva's father, Barry Steenkamp, was a former jockey and racehorse trainer.

Steenkamp told reporters that he did “little things”, none of which “made a fortune”.

His wife used to work on the farm that the Steenkamps used to rent and had a riding school, but was now doing catering and was working on opening a restaurant with friends in Port Elizabeth.

A relative said whenever Reeva visited her parents she always made sure that they were financially taken care of as her father was often not paid for the work he did.


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