A march for Reeva Steenkamp
The ANC Women’s League is staging a march in remembrance of Reeva Steenkamp today.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) Women's' League in Gauteng is today staging a march in remembrance of late model Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day a year ago.
Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the Feather Awards in 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.
Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria-East home. But the Blade Runner insists it was a case of mistaken identity.
The state however, claims it was murder.
The league's Patricia Chueu has demanded that men treat women with respect.
"We want violence against women to stop and we want men to treat us like equals because we are in the same society and they have to deal with us as human beings."
Some members carried posters reading: "Oscar Pistorius should rot in jail".
But Chueu denied they are preempting the legal process.
"Every case has to be treated as a crime until they prove him to be innocent, until the magistrate proves to us that it was an accident."
The league is also demanding that women be treated as equals to men in the judicial system.
Steenkamp's family says they have placed memorial messages in newspapers in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth today, to mark the one-year anniversary of her death.
Parents June and Barry Steenkamp and extended family will commemorate the day in personal and poignant ways in Port Elizabeth.
Reeva's uncle Mike says her relatives in Cape Town will gather today to look back and reflect on the past year.
He says they will be releasing helium balloons with messages to Steenkamp tied to them.
Her family will also place pictures of the model around their house and remember the fond times with her.
Her parents issued a statement earlier this week announcing plans to set up a foundation in her name once the murder trial is finalised.
They've also thanked the country and the world for all the support and comfort they have received since Valentine's Day 2013.