June Steenkamp sobs after SCA judgment

2015-12-03 11:46
June Steenkamp leaves the Supreme Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

June Steenkamp leaves the Supreme Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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June Steenkamp leaves court after Pistorius convicted of murder

2015-12-03 11:05

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal. June Steenkamp sobbed outside the court moments after hearing the ruling.WATCH

Bloemfontein - June Steenkamp sobbed after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday replaced Oscar Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction - for the killing of her daughter, Reeva Steenkamp - with one of murder.

Steenkamp stood outside the court in Bloemfontein hugging members of the ANC Women's League (ANCWL).

She would not speak to the media, but was seen wiping away tears.

In Port Elizabeth, Reeva's father, Barry Steenkamp, was shown on television speaking from a car, saying they could now finally go on with their lives.

The ANCWL had been supporting the Steenkamp family throughout the trial in Pretoria and during the appeal.

"We are happy with what the judges decided today. We want to say to men out there - let the killings of women stop," said ANCWL Free State chairperson, Mapaseka Nkoane.

ANCWL members outside court shouted, "Down with Oscar, down" and "Jail for Oscar, jail".

The SCA’s ruling comes almost three years after Pistorius shot dead Steenkamp, his girlfriend at the time, later saying he mistook her for an intruder. He fired four shots into the bathroom door of his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

After a gruelling trial in the North Gauteng High Court, Judge Thokozile Masipa in September 2014 found him guilty of culpable homicide and not murder.

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