Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June says she has forgiven Oscar Pistorius but does not believe his story about what happened on the night her daughter was killed.
Prosecutors have been granted leave to seek a murder conviction against Pistorius, who is serving five years’ jail for culpable homicide, the South African legal system’s equivalent to manslaughter.
Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic track star, shot dead Steenkamp through a locked toilet door at his home in South Africa on Valentine’s Day last year.
Throughout his seven-month trial, Pistorius maintained that he shot Steenkamp, who was his girlfriend, by mistake, thinking she was an intruder. June said she believed the truth was still to come out.
“I’ve forgiven him, but I will never forget the way he killed my daughter,” she told a South African newspaper.
June said Pistorius had used black talon ammunition, which explodes in the body. June added that she would also be paying back the money Pistorius gave her in the wake of her daughter’s death.
When asked why she accepted regular payments of a few of hundred pounds a month, June replied: “Because we were bankrupt, they came to us with the offer to pay our rent. And the civil case was already in paper work and we were going to do the civil case and then that money would come out of the civil case. When we were destitute we didn’t have an alternative.”