Reality show with Reeva upsets SA

2013-02-17 20:48

Johannesburg – It was billed as a fitting tribute to "an intelligent, beautiful and amazing woman" but the airing of a Caribbean reality TV show featuring Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius two days after she was shot dead has upset some South Africans.

In particular, women's rights activists criticised an edited clip at the start of Saturday night's 'Tropika Island of Treasure' in which law graduate and model Steenkamp talks about her "exit".

"I think that the way you go out, not just your journey in life, but the way that you go out and you make your exit is so important," she says, leaning against a palm tree in a pre-recorded interview on the show's set in Jamaica.

At the end of the tribute, presumably recorded when she was voted off the show, she blows kisses to the camera and says: "I'm going to miss you all so much.

"I love you very, very much."

Pistorius was charged on Friday with murdering Steenkamp in the early hours of Thursday, although his family have denied the charge.

Initial reports said Pistorius may have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder.

Rachel Jewkes, a gender and health researcher at the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), said the clips were particularly insensitive in a country where a woman is estimated to be killed by her partner every eight hours.

"There was a big question about whether it should have been shown at all, or whether they were trying to get audience ratings off the fact she had died," Jewkes said.

"These sort of quotes don't make you feel any better about the suggestion they are exploiting her death."


Show producer Samantha Moon said the decision to air the programme on Saturday as scheduled was difficult but ultimately she wanted to share the "special memories" of Steenkamp.

"Reeva was an intelligent, beautiful and amazing woman and we feel it would be an injustice to keep that unknown from those who did not know her personally," Moon said.

Steenkamp, who was shot in the head, hand, chest and hip, according to domestic media reports, will be buried on Tuesday.

Many South Africans thought the decision not to delay the show until after the funeral was wrong.

"It was very insensitive to put it on air before she was even buried," said 30-year-old insurance consultant Montle Ndlovu.

"It's such a sad story. She was young and pretty and had her whole life in front of her."

The downfall of Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, has sent shockwaves through South Africa, where many saw him as a rare example of a hero who transcended the racial divide that lingers in the ‘Rainbow Nation.’

The ANC’s Women's League called for the courts to deny bail to Pistorius to show the government was serious about stopping gender-based violence.

"Pistorius must be treated like any other person accused of such crimes and no special circumstances should be considered based on his celebrity status," the League said.

Pistorius is being held in a Pretoria police station until his bail hearing resumes on Tuesday.


  • Crracker - 2013-02-17 21:00

    Grow up! Richard Burton/Liz Tayor are no more. We still see their movies. If you agree to feature as a performer/entertainer in media for public consumption that's it!!!

      amando.salazar.9 - 2013-02-17 21:05

      Was Liz taylor murdered? NOPE she died an old lady you moron!

      sally.lewitt - 2013-02-17 22:58

      (my eyes are seriously rolling) Ccracker is 100% right. If you're famous it comes with a 'price tag' called exposure and lots of it to the fans and public.

      BrainCandyCPT - 2013-02-18 08:45

      Executive producer Samantha Moon claimed the programme had the blessing of Reeva’s family. She said: “This is how they want to remember her.”

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-17 21:01

    Jack you ate comparing apples with oranges, Y is afriforum also mum on this murder?

      digger.dighead - 2013-02-18 01:32

      tlotlo.phele, Come on really....there is a big difference between afriforum and the ANC. afriforum represents a certain sector of our society. The ANC as government is supposed to represent all of our society and defend the rights and safety of its citizens.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-18 07:58

      afriforum is for Afrikaner issues, as ANCWL is for women issues. The fact that Oscar speaks Afrikaans don't make it a Afrikaner issue.

      mapepaki - 2013-02-18 09:24

      digger., I'm pleased to see you wrote 'ANC government are SUPPOSED to represent all of our society and DEFEND the rights and safety of it's citizens.' They, the ANC fall far short of that statement, don't they?

  • miandra.vanzyl - 2013-02-17 21:05

    Reeva's parents said they wanted the reality show to be aired as Reeva was looking so forward for the show to be aired. After Michael Jackson died and many others they aired shows to honor them. I think Reeva would have wanted the show to be aired. Let her live on through posters, shows etc.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2013-02-17 21:27

      If the family wanted it aired (and/or the deceased would have wanted it) then that is all that really matters. To those who think things should be brushed under the carpet just so that your sensitivities aren't upset, get over yourself, it isn't always about you.

      lownabester - 2013-02-17 22:44

      Its befitting to celebrate her life like this, and he can sit and know that SA will not forget what he did. never.

      anitaj2010 - 2013-02-18 07:28

      If her family was not upset with the show being aired then there is nothing for anybody else to be upset about.

  • - 2013-02-17 21:05

    Wtf. Reevas life should be a celebration, celebrate this wonderful womens life. I am sure this is what she would have loved. We can all mourn her loss and we can all celebrate her life.

  • Crracker - 2013-02-17 21:07

    How was it so-called insensitive?

      sally.lewitt - 2013-02-17 22:47

      I thought it was beautiful and fitting.. RIP Reeva.

  • chris.booise - 2013-02-17 21:07

    I guess the SABC did it for good ratings.

      NickvanGraan - 2013-02-17 21:58

      ...and of course to get the money back for filming and producing the show! Wanting to "show SA what a bubbly person Reeva was" is just spin.

  • warren.carne.9 - 2013-02-17 21:08

    Typical SABC,only way to get anyone to watch their channels is to exploit poor Reeva for ratings.

      emilyjane.elson - 2013-02-17 21:50

      I agree Cats Cradle.. I hope the Oke gets taken out.. Stuck up, arrogant, nothing can touch me twat!! He's not upset just bleak he's ruined his own life and as he has money and all his connections, probably feels he'll get away with it! The program was a great way for those who don't/didn't know her personally to get insight into the type of person she was.. They (South Africans) needed to see what he has destroyed because of the type of person he is.. It felt like she was saying goodbye in that clip, almost like she knew.. :,-( Can't stop thinking about what was going through my friends mind during the whole thing.. She must've been SO scared!! What a coward..

  • Alan - 2013-02-17 21:08

    A fitting tribute? Doubtful - more likely seeking a cynical ratings bump.

  • robert.ntombela - 2013-02-17 21:16

    I give up on RSA people, some ppl didn't know her and family found it okay for SABC to air the Show because that's what Reeva wanted it was her life and she was excited about it. Now it is upsetting! I mean really!!!!! How much more if they had to do it months later! Ppl get a life! Nx! Rest in peace Miss Beautiful Reeva! U were a star and always will!

      Isobel Smith - 2013-02-17 21:25

      Reeva did this show and her family gave their consent to have it aired, to show people how beautiful she was . ppl must stop judging Judge Oscar

  • debbie.haring.5 - 2013-02-17 21:29

    The show was bound to be broadcasted in my personal opinion what better way to pay tribute ...personally I believe a handful of people knew Reeva Steenkamp .....should they not be entitled to be given an opportunity to see the woman behind the headlines?

  • hilola.selani - 2013-02-17 21:31

    Her family was ok with it coz they said they want 2 have happy memories of her.I love the Steenkamps they really know how 2 keep their cool n let God fight their battles..they sound hopeful.

  • tsomakae.dire - 2013-02-17 21:33

    This was a cold blooded murder, no one was mistaken for an intruder here.

  • adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 21:39

    She was already wearing her nightie ready to sleep off the fight they had earlier, he was still fuming working himself into such a frenzy that he took a cricket bat and clobbered her on the head. She ran to the loo and locked herself inside, he'd got his gun out and was in such a rush to murder her that he fired a shot through the door grazing her arm, then he booted the door open and finished her off with two bullets to the head and another to the chest, he wanted her stone dead fast!

      hilola.selani - 2013-02-17 21:51

      You should meet this Pistorius guy **tongue sticking out** lol

  • john.ferguson.10441 - 2013-02-17 21:40

    I've heard about the cricket bat, but not officially. Can you shoot somebody 4 times...... Accidentally??? It may not have been premeditated but on what I've heard and read it most certainly was intentional. Jealous rage it looks like to me.

  • leedsunitedfc - 2013-02-17 21:43

    SABC only aired it because it probably sky rocketed the ratings and the advertising was probably 10x the price.

  • BatongaBoro - 2013-02-17 21:44

    i have no idea what this show is supposed to be about, but in general if you don't like something on TV why don't you just switch it off, switch on something else and just shut up? the only thing that matters in television is viewing figures; if enough people refuse to watch it then it's gone. if many watch then it stays. i certainly don't issue press statements when i do not like what is on TV, it is easier to rather just browse the DVD collection and watch something else.

  • Crracker - 2013-02-17 21:51

    The comments here that pointed out that her family agreed to the broadcasting have been removed!!!

  • Perfume - 2013-02-17 21:53

    Deformed mistake??????? I'm sure when he was at the top of his game, you were not calling him a deformed mistake. Just because he is standing trial for "murder" you decide to insult his disability. I think you have a deformed mind!!!! Call him names however you want, he cannot help being born disabled.

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-02-17 22:03


      ludallmann - 2013-02-17 23:10

      I fully agree with Perfume. As long as we have Adam.moloi.5's and Adeeb Sabans in our midst there is no hope for a sane nation. I would really have loved to see these two miscreants had they been born with disabilities (other than their apparent brain damage).

  • thandokazi.tawule - 2013-02-17 21:59

    people do not shift the blame,this whole saga is Oscar's fault not sabc

      rosemary.debruin.37 - 2013-02-17 22:35

      remember one thing in a relationship it takes two to tango. u cant say at this stage that it is all his fault. Do u know what triggered this whole off. Dont judge. And sabc has nothing to do with this they are only doing there jobs.

  • adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 21:59

    Oscar must just rot jn prison hell!!!! Three lifeterms minimum! Let's get serious about fighting crime now!

      ludallmann - 2013-02-17 23:21

      Good grief, I just had a look at your photo. If I had a mouth like that I would keep it tightly shut.

  • mandla.ngobeni.98 - 2013-02-17 22:00

    eish am so sorry to this girl's family! God will be with you! stay blessed and strong forever!! Much love!!!

  • izan.botes.7 - 2013-02-17 22:05

    please find lives of your own.if it is not possible find a serious issue to debate. @ news 24, let huisgenoot and heat report on al the BS surrounding this and only provide us with real factual and relevant news.

      ludallmann - 2013-02-17 23:22

      So what are you doing here then? Just asking.

  • Khathu - 2013-02-17 22:07

    mst rotted in jail

      ludallmann - 2013-02-17 23:23

      You mean 'must rot in jail' Why cant you people spell????????????

      tseabelo - 2013-02-17 23:34

      What are you trying to say?

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-02-17 22:07

    What matters most here is that the concerned family agreed to the broadcast, the rest can go to hell. Before it was aired, it was announced that it will be broadcasted and the family wanted it to be so, we were all silent, now that it has been done we start doing what we are so good at, complaining, we were warned mos, why go on switching on when we knew very well we are sooo sensitive. Get a breather!

  • rkmanamela - 2013-02-17 22:14

    it isn't up to the masses to decide whether or not to air the show Reeva's mom had no problem with them airing it in fact she gave her blessings to the SABC...yes the SABC will get high ratings but i know they wouldn't be so insensitive as to air it without the family's permission which in this case they did...nonetheless it is a really sad and unfortunate story may both families find comfort in God and let us not judge nobody is perfect

  • tasneem.cader.7 - 2013-02-17 22:36

    The show was suppose to air wether Oscar shot her or not,so its not like they all of a sudden have something of her to air on tv 2 b spiteful or make money. As long as her family was consulted, I see nothing wrong. SABC would not hav had ratings elevated if Oscar hadn't done this...sooo still Oscar's fault!

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-17 22:38

    I AM NOT SURPRISED - the show should never have been aired - whoever made this decision made a HUGE MISTAKE - it could have easily been postponed

      Lizira - 2013-02-17 22:42

      The family agreed and actually watched it together on Saturday evening. So I think our opinion on this matter is irrelevant. Reeva's family wanted it to air - that's all that matters.

  • Lizira - 2013-02-17 22:40

    People should be less worried about a reality show and more concerned about the amount of sub judice evident throughout our media. Their 'reporting' is entirely speculative since no official reports have been released yet. So follow the trial, not the media. For now, keep your judgments to yourself - wait for actual verified facts before you make your assumptions. In short: think before you read and speak.

  • vernon12345 - 2013-02-17 22:42

    I see nothing's wrong with this.

  • justin.b.whittaker - 2013-02-17 22:51

    pitso just trying to get reaction out of ppl.what a knob.u prob dont have enough friends huh.we all pity u fool

      sally.lewitt - 2013-02-17 23:03

      The 'pits' is either a youngster and its past his bed time or he forgot to take his meds or drunk or on something stronger or ALL of the above..

  • Bob - 2013-02-17 23:43

    I'm not upset. She's dead so it's not like she'll be offended by it...

  • thenjiwe.sindi - 2013-02-17 23:56

    I am praying for Reeva s family,what a bad way to star the year Rest in Peace dear

  • raulcharliebravo - 2013-02-18 00:08

    I had never heard of Reeva before the incident. I wanted to see how she looked like and how she was. I did not see the whole program, just a few clips of her.I was not shocked for SABC airing the program. I was shocked to think how could someone have murdered her. She was beautiful, seemed to be a happy and nice person with the most sincere and incredible smile. Looking at those scenes I could not contain a sense of loss and sadness and tears. We are also going to miss you Reeva and we also loved you!So how could this have happened? Too many guns to irresponsible people? Eight women murdered every 8 hours in South Africa at the hands of their partners? Are these real men or a bunch of low esteem egotistical and narcissistic men?

      Isobel Smith - 2013-02-18 01:27

      @rachel well said i agree

  • julez.vern.3 - 2013-02-18 00:10

    SA reality shows suck bigtime. Ek drink liefs n glas sand as om survivor sa, etc te watch

  • julez.vern.3 - 2013-02-18 00:11

    SA reality shows suck bigtime. Ek drink liefs n glas sand as om survivor sa, etc te watch

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-18 05:50

    Thank you for letting me know a little about a beautiful person. May she rest in peace. I'm so sorry for her family and friends. And please, all those trying to politicize this tragic event, STOP IT.

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-02-18 06:08

    Disgusting and despicable... A media tribunal is starting to make sense to me...

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2013-02-18 06:17

    At least the Women's League is now trying to do something Right for a change.

  • BlaqDrumz - 2013-02-18 06:28

    all those who hv forgiven oscar or are taking his side are hypocrites as had this been a random bloke those who take his side wud be just as disgusted! Famous or not, a crime is a crime! This man killed a young, smart, beautiful woman n deserves no sympathy even if he ran in de olympics! I actually saw the clip of Reeva on Sky News, at least we got to know a bit more abt the beautiful person who's life was so brutally ended n i for one appreciate it as the thousands of women killed by their partners, we neva even get to see their faces

  • jomdubai - 2013-02-18 07:15

    If it upsets you, why watch it?

  • Nokukhanya Ngcongo - 2013-02-18 07:23

    bt the family was fine with the show airing ,so wats the big deal?

  • valkyriaza - 2013-02-18 08:10

    It's sad that a woman is dead, but let's not elevate her to martyrdom. There had been so many wild speculations flying about and if it were not for Pistorius' status all we'd see on the news would be a headline about a man killing his g/f on Valentine's day in his Pretoria home. We're doing Ms Steenkamp a disservice by speculating so wildly, can we at least try to wait for a trial to hear some facts. She doesn't deserve to be talked about like some battered training dummy that's on show and tell.

  • zongamele.keli - 2013-02-18 08:20

    ANCWL is right and there is a special treatment for him 'cause I saw him on the seats of police van suppose to be at the back of the van as every suspect.

  • nevergrowupgirl - 2013-02-18 09:31

    I think it was quite insensitive of SABC to air the program 2 days after Reeva was killed. I really think their only aim was to get their ratings up. I really think they should have practiced some sensitivity towards her family, friends and colleagues, by airing the program a little later on in the year. They could have compiled a proper tribute show to air straight after the reality show. With regards to Oscar, I think anything is possible at this stage, and we will only have some kind of idea about his innocence or guilt as the police make their statements, and reports about the court case become public knowledge. Regardless, I am sure everything will happen as it should. There are always 3 sides to a story... Hers.... His... And the truth. I also think that the reports being published so quickly in succession, are blurring our view, especially since many reports include so called neighbours, friends and acquaintances of both Reeva and Oscar... who funnily enough don't want their names published. If they had any good intentions, they wouldn't be afraid of publishing their names...

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