UPDATE: Steenkamp's body to be formally identified

Authorities says there is no guarantee that Oscar Pistorius will be released anytime soon.

Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the Feather Awardson 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The body of 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp will be formally identified on Friday morning.

Reports suggest that Steenkamp's postmortem will begin at 8am.

Steenkamp's uncle Mike Steenkamp said, "Reeva will this morning be identified by somebody close to her who is in the Pretoria/Johannesburg area."

Meanwhile, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius who shot and killed Steenkamp, will only find out how many more charges have been added to his murder charge when he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates Court later this morning.

Police arrested the athlete at his luxury Pretoria East home on Thursday morning after he shot his girlfriend.

While Pistorius's bail application is likely to start this morning, there is still no guarantee he'll be released anytime soon.

In the case of Chanelle Henning's alleged killers, the hearings took three weeks to complete.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Medupe Simasiku said it was too early to comment on the possible charges the so-called Blade Runner might face.

"We can't really say much until we know the details of the docket. There are many charges we can insinuate, but we'll wait to study the docket."

The state has indicated that it will oppose bail.

Meanwhile, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has described Steenkamp's death as "tragic".

Phiyega said the investigation into the incident was still in its infancy.

Speaking outside Parliament, where she was attending the State of the Nation Address, she told Eyewitness News : "It's a very sad thing. It goes to one's gut at a time when the country is very concerned about issues relating to gender-based violence. Without prejudging, we will wait to hear what the investigators are saying."


Pistorius spent the night behind bars after he was processed at the Boschkop police station and underwent forensic blood tests at a hospital in Mamelodi earlier in the day.

The shooting occurred at his Silver Woods Estate home between 4am and 5am on Valentine's Day.

Police spokesperson Denise Beukes said there was no evidence to suggest a break-in.

"There have been no reports of forced entry or persons in the property who were not supposed to be there."

Beukes also said witnesses were being interviewed after claiming to have heard a commotion earlier in the evening and at the time of the shooting.

She said there had been previous reports of domestic problems at the house.

"I am not going to elaborate, but there have been previous allegations of a domestic nature."

Beukes said the motive remained under investigation.

"The only two people in the house were the resident and the deceased. The number of shots fired is also part of the investigation."


Meanwhile, a close family friend of the Steenkamps, Samantha Sutton said police broke the news to the model's mother on Thursday morning.

Sutton, who is at Steenkamp's Port Elizabeth home, said, "The detective phoned in at about 7.30am, she (Reeva's mother) was extremely hysterical and she called me in.

Steenkamp's publicist Sarit Tomlinson said the family are receiving messages from around the world.

"Everyone in the family is devastated and still quite shocked. The family is receiving an enormous amount of support from around the world."

The family has not released a statement on the matter as yet.

Executive producer and creator of Tropika Island of Treasure, Samantha Moon, said the reality show featuring Steenkamp will be aired this week as scheduled.

"For me the fact that South Africa will get to know this girl who we loved stands to reason why we will be airing it. If we don't, we feel we will be contributing to somehow erasing her which we can never do."


On Thursday, Nike South Africa said it would allow the official police process to be finalised before taking any decisions about its sponsorship of Pistorius.

Pistorius is the face of several international brands, including Oakley sunglasses and Thierry Mugler fragrances.

Nike extended its deepest sympathy and condolences to Steenkamp's family.

The sports brand's Seruscka Naidoo said, "This is a very tragic incident and it is a police matter."

Meanwhile, M-Net has pulled its Academy Awards advertising campaign featuring the athlete from their channels.

M-Net billboards featuring Pistorius were also pulled down.


The story has drawn global attention because of Pistorius's status on and off the track.

In the United States, many of the news outlets like the New York Times to tabloids and gossip channels have honed in on the relationship between Pistorius and Steenkamp.

The Daily Beast went as far as calling her Kate Upton of South Africa.

Speculation is spreading like wildfire with tabloids like the _New York Daily News _having already published a story on what went wrong.

It likened Pistorius to OJ Simpson, the American athlete who was arrested, but then acquitted of killing his ex-wife in the 1990s.

This is a developing story which will be updated throughout the day.