Reeva's mom wants to look Oscar in the eyes

2014-03-03 08:33
People walk outside the North Gauteng High Court ahead of the Oscar Pistorius trial. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

People walk outside the North Gauteng High Court ahead of the Oscar Pistorius trial. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Pretoria - Murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius will come face-to-face with Reeva Steenkamp's mother for the first time in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

Eyewitness News reported that June Steenkamp is expected to attend Pistorius's murder trial with her elder daughter Simone.

They will be seated in places allocated to them behind the prosecution team.

Pistorius will be seated on the left side of the court, and his family have been allocated spaces behind the defence team - in the same row as the Steenkamp family. It is believed Pistorius's uncle Arnold and his siblings will be in court.

June Steenkamp told Britain's Mail on Sunday that she will wear a black suit and has planned where she will sit so that she can look Pistorius in the eyes, to see for herself the truth about what happened to her daughter.

She added that she had faith in the justice system and will be ready to forgive him, but she wanted him first to look at her to see the pain and anguish that he had inflicted on her.

Last week, it was reported that Reeva's father, Barry, had suffered a mild stroke and is recovering at his home in Port Elizabeth. He will not be in court.

According to EWN, there is space for 80 journalists in court - 40 from South Africa and 40 international journalists.

Pistorius is accused of killing Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. His murder trial starts on Monday, and if there are no postponements, the State will start proceedings by calling Pistorius to plead to the charges against him. The first witnesses will then be called.

Proceedings get under way at 10:00. Follow the Live Updates here.

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