I don't want to see Oscar suffering - June Steenkamp

2015-10-21 17:16
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2015-10-21 10:40

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Johannesburg - Reeva Steenkamp's mother June on Wednesday told an assembly at her daughter' s alma mater she did not want to see Oscar Pistorius suffer in jail.

She spoke at the launch of the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation at St Dominics High School in Port Elizabeth.

The foundation will assist women and children trapped in abusive situations. 

Addressing the pupils, 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.  

Pistorius was released from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison on Monday evening to serve out the rest of his five year jail sentence under correctional supervision. He was convicted for culpable homicide after he killed Reeva at his home on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Steenkamp said at a later stage, the foundation will be taken out of their abusive environment and moved to a safe refuge.

"Secondly, they have to learn to build a home away from where they have been, so they need to be educated. They need to earn money ... so they can rebuild their life,'' she told the SABC.

The most important thing for abused women was communication with their parents, she said. "The people who love them are their parents. They must come to their parents and share with them if something is wrong.

"But they [parents] are also responsible for building that platform so that the children are willing to speak to them."  

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

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