Steenkamp family hire lawyers

Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead by boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on 14 February 2013, was laid to rest in Port Elizabeth on 19 February 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.
JOHANNESBURG - Model Reeva Steenkamp's parents have appointed lawyers to look after and protect their interests. 

June and Barry Steenkamp released a statement on Monday night requesting the media to respect their privacy. 

Their daughter Reeva (29) died after she was shot by her Paralympian boyfriend Oscar Pistorius at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day. 

Friends and family bid farewell to Reeva in Port Elizabeth on 19 February.

The athlete claims killing Reeva was a “horrible mistake” and that he mistook the law graduate and reality television star for an intruder.

In a four-line statement, Reeva’s parents said this was a very sad and traumatic time for them, but that they understood the intense media interest. 

They humbly requested the media to respect their privacy and said they would be doing no interviews for the time being. 

June and Barry also announced that they had appointed attorney Mike Venter and Senior Advocate Dup de Bruyn to look after and protect their interests. 

They did not elaborate on that, but it is thought the lawyers will likely carry out a watching brief at Pistorius's murder trial. 

De Bruyn has experience in criminal matters. He successfully acted for Fred van der Vyver in his trial, in which he was accused of killing his girlfriend Inge Lotz.

The Stellenbosch student was found with at least 50 wounds on her body, but her murder remains unsolved.

Pistorius is out on R1 million bail and is due back in court on 4 June.