Justice should be done - ANCWL

2014-09-11 09:36
Reeva Steenkamp's parents arrive at the North Gauteng High Court. (Sapa)

Reeva Steenkamp's parents arrive at the North Gauteng High Court. (Sapa)

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Pretoria - A bouquet of red roses lay at June Steenkamp's feet at the North Gauteng High Court ahead of judgment in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

"I'm here to support Reeva's mom. I promised her I will be here for her," said Busi Khumalo, whose 18-year-old daughter Zanele was strangled and raped in 2011.

"We hope justice will be done today. Pain like this never goes away. We hope these boys change. They should be taught from a young age how a woman should be treated because women die every day."

June was with her husband Barry Steenkamp.

Friends and family of the Steenkamps were in court to support the family, along with the ANC Women's League.


"We expect that justice should be done," said ANCWL Gauteng spokesperson Jacqui Mofokeng said.

"All of us want closure on the matter. We just need justice to prevail. A gun is not bouquet of flowers, it must be used responsibly."

Earlier, Pistorius hugged his family and lawyers as he arrived in court.

Pistorius pushed his way through a media contingent outside the court after he arrived in a white SUV.

He embraced his aunt and shared a long hug with his brother Carl, who arrived earlier in a wheelchair.

Pistorius also hugged his lawyer Brian Webber and greeted the rest of his legal team.

The Steenkamp family just looked at him as he arrived in court. He greeted them, saying, "Morning," and nodded his head slightly.

Bows head

Pistorius was escorted to the dock, and bowed his head after taking his seat.

The mock-up toilet cubicle that had previously been in court was no longer there.

His sister Aimee arrived later in court, wearing a black skirt and jacket.

Pistorius's uncle Arnold was also in court, with a serious look on his face.

Steenkamp's uncle Michael Steenkamp was also in attendance.

Judge Thokozile Masipa was expected to start handing down judgment in the case at 09:30.

Pistorius said he thought an intruder was behind the door of the toilet in his Pretoria home when he shot through it. He fired four times, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013. When the trial started on March 3, Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and to three firearm-related charges.

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