Reeva's mother wants answers

2013-02-18 08:52

Port Elizabeth - The mother of Oscar Pistorius's slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, said in a newspaper interview published on Monday that she wanted answers on why her daughter had "died like this".

"Why my little girl? Why did this happen? Why did he do this? What for?" asked June Steenkamp.

Pistorius is facing a murder charge after allegedly gunning down Steenkamp in his Pretoria home last week. He is expected to apply for bail on Tuesday.

"She had so much of herself to give and now all that is gone. Just like that, she is gone... In the blink of an eye and a single breath, the most beautiful person who ever lived is no longer here," she told The Times newspaper in a phone interview from her home in Seaview, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

'Horrendous death'

"All we have is this horrendous death to deal with... to get to grips with. All we want are answers... answers as to why this had to happen, why our beautiful daughter had to die like this."

She added that Reeva was proud of being a South African. "She loved this country and all its people. This was the only place she called home."

Meanwhile, Steenkamp's father, Barry, told Britain's Daily Mail that he bears no animosity towards Pistorius, but is struggling to "to find some reason why this happened to our lovely daughter".

Steenkamp's flatmate, Gina Myers, refused to comment to the Times about her relationship with Pistorius, but described her as "amazing".

"Her faith in the world, love for everyone and everything, and positive outlook is what made many people live. There is not a single word that can describe how amazing she was. The energy with which she loved, whether it was in a friendship or relationship, was incredible. She loved loving."

"All I want are answers. That is what all of us, including both families, want. We want the truth to come out ... everyone to be honest about what happened," Myers said.

  • Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 08:59

    All the best mam, Hope you get your answers, I say the man is out right crazy....

      monica.venter.75 - 2013-02-18 09:10

      Our thoughts and prayers are with Reeva's family and friends

      denis.delaport - 2013-02-18 09:19

      The mark of a man is to account for his actions. The mark of a coward is to hide behind the spin doctors. I regret we will never know the truth. Dewani, Assange and now Pistorius.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-18 10:01

      Denis, I'm never shocked when anyone's first reaction is denial and self preservation. Show me a man caught cheating who's first response was not denial. However, the real difference is how people respond once the first emotion dissipates. I sincerely hope he will come clean - whatever the truth.

      cindy.naude.79 - 2013-02-18 10:31

      @squeegee, couldn't agree more! reminds me of the story of the pickpocket that got caught in the act. When he got to court, the judge asked him "how do you plead" pickpocket said "i'm not sure judge, I haven't heard the evidence yet" :) human nature to deny deny deny, until proven otherwise! I do feel so very sorry for Reeva's family though, and also OP's family, it must be horrendous for all of them

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2013-02-18 10:33

      No parent should ever have to go through this.My prayers are with her friends and family

  • gillian.louw2 - 2013-02-18 09:10

    I cannot even begin to imagine how this poor mother feels, I hope you get the answers you are looking for so you can find some kind of peace.

  • chris.booise - 2013-02-18 09:13

    Yes! This family has the right to get answers! No one deserves to die like this, especially someone who have lived a peaceful life and who has been kind unto others. I can only imagine this family's pain. May truth and justice prevail.

  • SouthAfrican1912 - 2013-02-18 09:13

    Great that she loved the country because it is oscar who killed her not the country. RIP

  • cynthia.biljoen - 2013-02-18 09:15

    heartfelt condolences to the Steenkamp family hopefully justice will be served and Reeva's soul will rest in peace

  • Alfjoe - 2013-02-18 09:17

    Oscar is the only one who has the answers and nt hs father to speak for hm.

  • John - 2013-02-18 09:21

    Bashing and killing of women has to stop..... real men stand up.....Oscar was a woman basher and there are people that knew about this, family friends and yet they did nothing.......poor June and her family may your daughter RIP

  • thenjiwe.sindi - 2013-02-18 09:28

    May the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ be with Reeva s family,we are all praying for you

      alan.gernet - 2013-02-18 10:04

      Yes - and with Oscar's family. Guilty or not - we should not pre-judge anything based on press reports. If you accept Christian faith, even the guilty person would be subject to God's grace if they asked for it and meant it. It's a tragic event thats rocked the country and the world, but it's not for us to judge or pre-judge. Spare a though for all the families and friends involved.

  • bon.bon.73157 - 2013-02-18 09:32

    The more I read about the "real" Oscar, the more deranged he sounds.

  • jenine.nicholson - 2013-02-18 09:35

    I commend the way that the Steenkamp family have handled this matter retaining their dignity & composure throughout this horrific tragedy. I don't know if i would have been able to, had it been my daughter. I hope that they are given the answers that they are so desperately looking for to give them some sort of closure. Irrespective of Oscar's celebrity status, he must be held accountable for his actions. RIP Reeva and wishing her family the strength they need during this horrific time.

  • nompumelelo.aphane - 2013-02-18 09:35

    only the truth wil set hm free,

  • siphiwe.magudulela - 2013-02-18 09:39

    Let's hope he tells the truth, his the only one who can tell as to what happened, police and media are not willing " doing enough " to get the truth, today they say this tomorrow its that and one denies saying this and that. I pray that you find all the answers to your questions

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2013-02-18 09:41

    My heart goes out to Reeva's lose a child is bad enough but to lose her in these circumstances goes beyond comprehension

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2013-02-18 09:44

    What makes a man who has a fantastic life, multi million rand home, sponsorships deals, cars, women, attengding majot events, overseas trips, become so obsessed with guns, intruders (when he is living in a secured gated estate)commit such a horrific crime!!!! it's baffels the brain.

  • christa.vorster - 2013-02-18 09:49

    I feel for both families....we dont know what happened...everyone is just speculating. It's so sad but that happens in South Africa every day...people killing innocent people. My son was killed in a car accident also by some jealous ex driving him of the road....but we have to carry on and live through it because there were no evidence that he actually did it. Life is so unfair! RIP REEVA!!!

  • deborah.wortmann - 2013-02-18 09:59

    To Reeva's mom and her family, I am so sorry for your loss, I hope u will get the answers you need to move on and I hope Oscar has the decency to eventually tell you the truth so that you can move on, as I am sure your daughter will want you to carry on living your life

  • Hemlock - 2013-02-18 10:12

    Condolences to the Steenkamp family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Reeva, RIP.

  • hilola.selani - 2013-02-18 10:19

    0scar should just tell the truth and pay.Reeva's parents sound ready to handle it and find closure.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2013-02-18 10:55

    you and millions of people would also like to know the same thing!

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