Steenkamp funeral: Celeb mourners arrive

2013-02-19 11:50
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Reeva Steenkamp's funeral

Reeva Steenkamp's funeral was held at the Victoria Park Crematorium in her home town of Port Elizabeth. See the pictures.

Port Elizabeth - South African celebrities were among the throngs of mourners who arrived at the Victoria Park Crematorium, in Port Elizabeth, for model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp's funeral on Tuesday morning.

Springbok rugby player Francois Hougaard was seen entering the premises.

Recent media reports claim Hougaard sent Steenkamp an SMS shortly before her fatal shooting, prompting speculation of a possible love-triangle. Hougaard has denied having anything to do with the case.

Steenkamp was shot dead on Thursday at the home of her paralympian boyfriend Oscar Pistorius. He was applying for bail in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Radio jock Thato Sikwane, commonly known as DJ Fresh, of 5FM, arrived at the funeral around 10:15.

‘Family to the school’

Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor and ANC Women's League provincial secretary Nancy Sihlwayi told reporters: "The city is in grief, a little angel is no more."

Referring to Pistorius, she said he should not receive bail and that he "must die in jail".

An emotional Sihlwayi said women needed to be protected by the justice system and she urged men to stand up against gender-based violence.

Pupils of St Dominic's High School, which Steenkamp attended, also arrived at the chapel.

One said Steenkamp was "family to the school".

She said she remembered that Steenkamp had "tried to be part of us, made time for us and she even made time to learn to my language" [Xhosa].

It was believed that the service started at 11:00.

Earlier, Doves Funeral Services personnel carried the coffin inside.

The black Mercedes-Benz hearse carrying the body stopped at a side entrance to the chapel and the coffin, which was draped in a white cloth with an arrangement of white flowers on it, was carried in by hand.

Media contingent

A large media contingent assembled outside the crematorium from early on Tuesday morning.

Some journalists said they had arrived at 06:00 to ensure they missed nothing ahead of the model's memorial service, but by 09:30 only the police and Doves Funeral Service were there.

There was an air of restrained suspense at the tranquil, weather-beaten building, which is surrounded by large trees and terraced lawns.

The police warned local and international news teams to leave the premises and they retreated to outside the boundary wall.

Part of the crematorium, a memorial wall and several gravestones were visible from the entrance, where police had erected a cordon.

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