Steenkamps won't attend Pistorius trial

2013-03-08 08:59
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured at the 2012 Feather Awards.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured at the 2012 Feather Awards. (Lucky Nxumalo, AFP)

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Cape Town - Reeva Steenkamp's uncle and cousin have spoken about how they are coping with the loss of the model, saying they won't attend the trial of Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering her on Valentine's Day.

In an interview on Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN broadcast on Thursday, Mike Steenkamp said her death "hasn't really sunk in to my way of thinking".

The family wanted to focus on Reeva, and not why she's gone, he said, which is why they won't attend the trial.

He added that it didn't matter to them what happened to Pistorius, as nothing will bring her back.

'Seemed like a nice guy'

Reeva's cousin, Kim Martin explained: "I have to concentrate on her. I know that sounds crazy, but that's how I get from day to day.

"It's easier to deal with it if you don't concentrate on anything else other than the fact that Reeva's not here, and at the end of the day, she's not coming back."

She added that she was as close as a sister to Reeva, and there were no secrets between them.

Martin said she met Pistorius once, in Cape Town on 2 January this year. She says it wasn't long enough to form an opinion on his personality, but "he did seem like a nice guy".

She added that she didn't think Reeva was in love with Pistorius. "And I knew that in time she would chat to me about it," she said.

This apparently contradicts Pistorius's affidavit and statements from several people which claimed the couple were in love and that Reeva may have been "the one".

'Precious daughter'

Steenkamp recalled that despite her fame, Reeva was still her mother's baby girl.

He recounted an incident in which Reeva's mother, June, had spoken to Pistorius while he 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'."

Steenkamp told CNN that he would like a chance to meet face-to-face with Pistorius to forgive him.

"That way, I can find more peace with the situation," he said.

"Whatever the outcome, I feel with my belief [that] if Christ could forgive me when he died on the cross, why can't I?

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