New detectives claim progress on Reeva case

2013-03-05 00:00

POLICE are making progress in the investigation of Reeva Steenkamp’s murder.

National spokesperson Brigadier Phuti Setati said yesterday he would not comment on allegations that the cellphones that police found in Oscar Pistorius’s house have not provided much help in trying to determine what led to Steenkamp’s death.

Four phones were taken from the rooms, two of them reportedly not used for months. After Pistorius was released on bail, a new detective team was assigned to the case.

“All we can say at the moment is that the investigation is in its initial phases, but the new team is making progress,” Setati said.

Eyewitness News reported yesterday that there was no SMS from rugby player Francois Hougaard, Steenkamp’s former boyfriend, on any of the three iPhones seized by police. One of them was Steenkamp’s.

It has been alleged in the media that an SMS from Hougaard could have caused a row between Pistorius and Steenkamp.

It was reported that the last activity on the phones was at 8 pm the evening before Steenkamp’s death.

However, this investigation does not apparently include any messages sent via the WhatsApp service.

Setati said the police must be given time to investigate properly, without interference.

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