Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, has shared her thoughts in a statement regarding Oscar Pistorius’ parole release, marking a momentous development in the high-profile case that has spanned over a decade.
Pistorius, who served half of his 13-year and five-month sentence for the 2013 murder of Reeva Steenkamp, returned home after being granted parole.
In her statement, June Steenkamp acknowledged the role of parole in the South African legal system, emphasizing the family’s enduring belief in the justice system. She commented, “Oscar Pistorius’ release on parole, subject to certain conditions, has affirmed Barry and my belief in the South African justice system.” The imposed conditions include participation in anger management courses and programs addressing gender-based violence, sending a clear message about the serious consideration given to such issues.
Now, nearly 11 years after Reeva’s tragic death, June expressed the ongoing pain that she and her late husband, Barry, continue to experience. She revealed, “The pain is still raw and real, and my dear late husband Barry and I have never been able to come to terms with Reeva’s death, or the way she died.”
Reflecting on the support they received over the years, June conveyed gratitude for the love and messages from both friends and strangers, acknowledging the encouragement that carried them through difficult times.
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The statement also addressed the question of whether Oscar Pistorius has served enough time for his crime. June Steenkamp expressed the family’s perspective, saying, “There can never be justice if your loved one is never coming back, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back. We, who remain behind, are the ones serving a life sentence.”
In a plea for empathy, June wished that people would consider the impact of their comments, emphasizing that the family did not choose the circumstances. She concluded by expressing the sincere wish, shared with Barry, that Reeva could still be alive and laughing with them, underscoring the profound and lasting impact of the tragedy on the Steenkamp family.