AS IT HAPPENED: 'Reeva was everything to them'

2014-10-15 14:01

Reeva Steenkamp's cousin says the moment she heard Oscar Pistorius had shot his girlfriend she said: "I hope to God he's cheating on Reeva."


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Last Updated at 22:30
15 Oct 15:22
That's it for updates. We're back tomorrow (Thursday) at 07:00 when sentencing proceedings continue.

15 Oct 15:00

15 Oct 14:55
"Barry Steenkamp clutches a hanky as he waits for his wife, who’s having a chat with Kim Martin," tweets Nastasya Tay.

15 Oct 14:42
Pistorius said to be clutching a wad of tissues, wipes his nose.

15 Oct 14:39
Masipa says she'll grant adjournment but counsel must be aware that she's only available this week. Nel certain he will be finished by tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.

15 Oct 14:38
Roux says he only has two questions for Martin. Nel says he needs time to consult with witness about aspect...

15 Oct 14:37

Nel needs to discuss one aspect, asks to stand down until 09:30.

Do you think we'll still make it this week, Masipa asks.

15 Oct 14:36

There wasn't much affection between them. When he walked away to take a call, I asked her how she was and she said "yes but we need to talk".

I never found out what we had to talk about and that has bothered me since.

15 Oct 14:35
Everything went wrong with our order." I could see Oscar was agitated.

15 Oct 14:35
KM says pointedly that Cape Town service is terrible...

15 Oct 14:34
OP came across quite shy... he was just standing there. I said to Reeva "you can't just leave him there". We drove to the restaurant and Blouberg was very busy.

15 Oct 14:33
She introduced him as "Oz"

15 Oct 14:33
When I first met him because I was nervous and excited to meet this famous person and excited to see Reeva.

15 Oct 14:33
KM returns to meeting with Reeva and OP in Cape Town. It was in Blouberg at a restaurant where grandfather's ashes scattered.

15 Oct 14:32

They would sit having supper together at the Myers, she was very happy there.

Gina Myers sobs silently as KM speaks about Reeva's happiness in Myers family home.

15 Oct 14:31
Martin describes how Reeva Steenkamp moved in with the Myers family in Johannesburg after breakup with previous boyfriend Warren.

15 Oct 14:30
I think Reeva stayed home for NYE. She didn't want to go out.

15 Oct 14:29
That Christmas she couldn't make it home, because of work, she was very torn up about it. To make up for it, she took her parents away for a week-long stay at a game farm.

15 Oct 14:28
KM says she met OP once. Him and Reeva met with my daughter and her friend when they were down for breakfast. It was 2 January. Reeva contacted me and asked me for coffee.

15 Oct 14:27
KM speaks about Reeva's part on Tropica reality show. She was very happy about that, extremely excited.

15 Oct 14:26
She was chosen as an FHM model. Worked hard, lots of dedication, proud of herself.

15 Oct 14:26
One of her first achievements was becoming the face of Avon, a beauty brand. She was in various catalogues.

15 Oct 14:25
She wanted to stop girls from allowing themselves to be in abusive relationships - KM

15 Oct 14:25
Reeva felt strongly about woman abuse and strengthening woman's characters. And empowering women.

15 Oct 14:24

KM says she's missing her daughter's final drama exam because she feels she has to be in Pretoria for the trial. I owe it to Reeva, she says as the tears flow.

I know Reeva needs a voice. It's my way of being able to pay her back for what she went through.

15 Oct 14:22
It sounds as if it's a real struggle for KM to get her words out now. She's fighting back tears.

15 Oct 14:22
KM says she's had trauma counselling and seeing a psychologist, on meds for depression. Her children too.

15 Oct 14:21
I wanted to check with Barry and June they'd be OK with me talking about them. They wanted me to be Reeva's voice. He wanted to himself but he can't, he'd just lose it. - KM

15 Oct 14:20
Reeva's death affected her parents' health. Uncle Barry suffered quite a bit. He's had a few strokes. Physically it's very draining. The whole process of coming up here. For Aunty June the signs of stress are obvious. They've tried to be strong through all this, they are very strong people to cope with what they've coped with...

15 Oct 14:18
I didn't know how they'd cope without Reeva there - KM

15 Oct 14:17
Reeva was everything to them

15 Oct 14:17
June was hysterical, she was very medicated, shrugging her shoulders the whole time and Barry was crying, crying, crying...

15 Oct 14:16

My husband took control, bought plane tickets... The worst experience I've ever been through. I was dreading facing Aunty June and Uncle Barry.

OP's shoulders heaving as he sobs in the dock. KM tries to speak between tears describing the moments, hours for the Steenkamps after Reeva's death.

15 Oct 14:14
I got to my mother and she was hysterical and asked her to confirm that it was Reeva. She said it was. She spoke to Aunty June. That was for me the end of teh world. Everything was so blurred from then. My husband rushed to fetch my daughter so she wouldn't hear it at school.

15 Oct 14:13
Just after husband told me OP killed his girlfriend, he turned car around in the traffic. Media hadn't yet confirmed who girlfriend was. I tried phoning her, she wasn't answering. My huband was saying "calm down..."

15 Oct 14:12
Pistorius has his head in his hand.

15 Oct 14:11
Martin assures judge she is ready to proceed.

15 Oct 14:11
Court resumes.

15 Oct 14:11
Pistorius has also broken down in the dock, say reporters at court.

15 Oct 14:09
KM details moment she was told about Reeva's death. I remember saying "I hope to God he's cheating on Reeva." Martin breaks down. Court adjourns.

15 Oct 14:07

They drive around in very... broken down cars.

Barry Steenkamp puts his head down, clearly deeply emotional, a finger to his eye to possibly wipe away tears. June keeps a hand firmly on his shoulder.

15 Oct 14:06
June started a small restaurant business with two friends. They did all the work - cooking, serving, etc.

15 Oct 14:05
The Steenkamps were very generous people. Their home was always open to anyone. A family friend who was wayward was given a place to stay and a job was made for him. All stray animals were picked up by Aunty June. That's one of the main reasons why they were in financial troubles.

15 Oct 14:03
Barry struggled with second business. June tried a little kitchen on race days. But only race days.

15 Oct 14:02
At this time, Barry had completely lost horse business. He started a wood-chipping business.

15 Oct 14:02

After we got Reeva's cat, the girls didn't lock the door properly and the cat ran away. We searched everywhere and Reeva kept asking how the cat was and I avoided telling her. Eventually I did tell her and she said not to worry. She said she was being punished for being selfish.

Luckily we found the cat a month and a half later.

15 Oct 14:00
Reeva had fed stray cats that eventually became her pets. In process of moving, one cat ran away, Reeva was devastated. The other cat luckily was still there and the cat couldn't stay long and she called me, in tears, not knowing what to do. I joked I could take the cat and she was so relieved. She flew the cat down.

15 Oct 13:59
The break-up with Warren really affected Reeva.

15 Oct 13:58
At this point (when Reeva was in Cape Town) Barry's health was quite bad.

15 Oct 13:58
OP is said to be getting emotional again, his eyes welling up with tears.

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