Why Gerrie Nel is Reeva’s cousin’s hero

2014-04-13 15:00

Gerrie Nel is Kim Martin’s hero.

The pitbull prosecutor put it to Oscar Pistorius during his gruelling cross-examination this week: “Reeva doesn’t have a life any more because of you?… so tell the truth.”

Martin, Reeva Steenkamp’s cousin?– who has been in court watching Pistorius give his account of what happened when he shot her dead?–?was delighted.

“Kim wanted to hug Gerrie Nel. While people end up debating technicalities and this and that, people forget about Reeva and our loss,” said a source close to the family.

Martin has become friendly with Reeva’s best friend, Gina Myers. They have been exchanging notes on the Steenkamps’ side of the public gallery and scowl at parts of Pistorius’s testimony. The family source said the two were discussing an advert Reeva had filmed in the days before her death in which she kissed a man.

The source claimed Reeva was afraid of telling her boyfriend about it because “she knew he would flip his lid”.

On the same bench as Martin and Myers sat Reeva’s mother, June Steenkamp, who bored her eyes into Pistorius.

“Nobody has the right to try to get into my head,” she told City Press’s sister paper, Rapport. “Nobody knows what’s going on inside me.”

Her lips were tightly drawn and her eyes cold in one of this week’s most dramatic moments?–?when Pistorius’s advocate Barry Roux asked him to remove his prosthetic legs and show the court how short he was without them.

This week, Pistorius told the court he had not seen his father in “years”.

Court artist Jaco van Vuuren said he saw Henke Pistorius at Papa’s restaurant in Hatfield “sitting drinking chardonnay and watching cricket”.

“It was at the same Papa’s where, shortly before Reeva died, Henke handed out magazines with Oscar and Aimee on the cover to everyone sitting there.”

And now, asks Van Vuuren, where is he?

Ampie Louw, Oscar’s athletics coach, came to support him in court. He says: “Yes, we’ve been together for 11 years, Oscar and me. We are firmly behind him. I hope to have the strength to keep him going because he must get through this. It’s a total tragedy.”

On Thursday, the Pistoriuses were seen having lunch at a restaurant at the high court chambers.

Pistorius’s uncle, Arnold, was deep in conversation with writer John Carlin who is writing a book about the case.

Late in the afternoon, surrounded by family members, Oscar left court looking exhausted, a nervous tic in his cheek. A silver 4X4 then whisked him off to his uncle’s house.

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