Anni and Reeva’s families unite

The parents of slain model Reeva Steenkamp and honeymoon bride Anni Dewani have united in their grief.

“I’m delighted Reeva’s parents have said they will support us and am very grateful for that,” Anni’s father, Vinod Hindocha, told the Saturday Star.

“Mr Steenkamp and I talked about Reeva and Anni and I gave him my sympathy too. Only he and I as fathers can properly understand the pain of losing a daughter to bullets, and then experience very difficult and high-profile cases.”

The Steenkamps and the Hindochas are supporting each other in calling for justice in both cases.

The Steenkamps have backed calls by the Hindocha family for Anni’s husband, Shrien Dewani, to give evidence about her murder.

Shrien Dewani was allegedly the mastermind behind a staged hijacking that led to his bride’s death in Cape Town in 2010.

Anni was killed by a single bullet to the neck. Steenkamp was shot dead by her boyfriend, paralympian Oscar Pistorius, on Valentine’s Day last year. He claimed he mistook her for an intruder.

The Western Cape High Court will rule on Monday on whether the case against Dewani should be dismissed.

Meanwhile, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria will on Tuesday hear the request to appeal Pistorius’ conviction and sentence.

He is serving a five-year sentence following his culpable homicide conviction.

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