It's finally over - Barry Steenkamp

2015-12-03 12:09
Barry Steenkamp at the family's pub in Port Elizabeth. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

Barry Steenkamp at the family's pub in Port Elizabeth. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

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'We can get on with our lives now' - Reeva's father talks after Oscar Pistorius's murder conviction

2015-12-03 11:41

Speaking from Reeva Steenkamp's hometown of Port Elizabeth, her father Barry Steenkamp spoke after Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder.WATCH

Port Elizabeth – "It's over now." That is how Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry greeted the news of Oscar Pistorius's murder conviction on Thursday.

While Reeva Steenkamp's mother June attended the Supreme Court of Appeal proceedings on Thursday morning, Barry stayed at their Port Elizabeth home and followed the proceedings on TV.

Speaking to News24 from the family-owned pub The Barking Spider in Greenbushes shortly after judge Kevin Leach read out the judgment that Pistorius was guilty of murder, and not culpable homicide, Steenkamp said he was not surprised by the verdict.

"I've been watching since 07:00 this morning," he said. "If you took note of what I've said right from the beginning, it's not over yet, it's not over yet... it’s over now."

Steenkamp said the ruling meant that both families could now get on with their lives.

"For us as a family, we can get on with our lives now and I hope his family can get on with their lives now," he said.

Steenkamp said justice had prevailed.

Asked what the family would do now, he said they would focus on promoting the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation for Abused Women and Children which his wife had launched at St Dominics High School in Port Elizabeth in October.

- WATCH:'We can get on with our lives now' - Barry Steenkamp

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