Any meeting between Oscar, Steenkamps will be private - Pistorius family

2015-10-26 14:52
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Johannesburg - Any meeting between Oscar Pistorius and Barry Steenkamp will happen "away from the media spotlight", a spokesperson for the Pistorius family told News24.

"I hope you understand that we simply cannot be having this conversation in the media. Any engagement with the Steenkamp family has to be handled with the necessary care and respect, away from the media spotlight," Annelise Burgess said on Monday.

She had been asked to respond to a report that Reeva Steenkamp's father, Barry, would want to meet with Oscar one day.

Pistorius was released last week after a year in prison for killing Steenkamp by shooting through a locked toilet door in his bedroom in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013. 


"I think I will get more closure one day if I get the chance to speak to Oscar myself," Barry Steenkamp told Carte Blanche on Sunday.

"Most probably I wouldn't have to say anything. I will just have to look at him... but that is what I would like to do one day," Barry added.

Steenkamp's mother, June, on Wednesday October 21 told an assembly at her daughter's alma mater that she did not want to see Oscar Pistorius suffer in jail.

June Steenkamp said she never wanted Pistorius to be thrown in jail or to be suffering.

"I don't wish suffering on anyone, and that is not going to bring Reeva back... I don't want revenge. I am past that and once you have told God you are going to forgive, you have to forgive. I don't want him to suffer... I would certainly not want to hurt another human being," she said.

News24 reported that Pistorius will serve the rest of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide under house arrest. During his six-month trial, he said he shot Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, with a pistol he kept under his bed because he mistook her for an intruder.

Pistorius's parole conditions have not been publicly revealed, but they are reported to compel him to meet with Steenkamp's parents if they wish.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  june steenkamp  |  pistorius trial

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