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Reeva Steenkamp's friends hope for justice

Reeva Steenkamp’s friends are anxiously awaiting judgment in Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial.

June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, second from left, reacts during the Oscar Pistorius trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 3 March, 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Friends of Reeva Steenkamp are anxiously awaiting Thursday's judgment in Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius's trial.

The 29-year old model was killed on Valentine's Day last year, when Pistorius shot four bullets through his bathroom door.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at the SA Sports Awards on 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.

He maintains he thought she was an intruder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will hand down her verdict at the High Court in Pretoria.

Most of Steenkamp's friends are intent on maintaining a low profile ahead of Thursday's judgment and have asked not to be quoted on the record.

However, the overwhelming sentiment is that they hope justice is done whatever the outcome, and they want the taxing process to come to an end.

Their view is that Steenkamp, a law graduate with hopes of one day doing her pupillage to becoming an advocate, would have put her faith in the law.

The Myers family, whom Steenkamp lived with for several months, say they will not be commenting on the expected outcome.

They have attended most days of the murder trial and are expected to be in court on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) has confirmed it will bus hundreds of its members to the High Court on Thursday, to support the Steenkamp family.

While the ANCWL has been a constant presence during the trial, they're expected to turn out in great numbers to picket outside the courthouse.

The league's Jacqui Mofokeng says plans are also being made to help several of June Steenkamp's friends attend proceedings because the family will need the support.

Barry Steenkamp's brother, Mike, has told Eyewitness News that he will travel up from Port Elizabeth.

He says Reeva's parents are extremely anxious.

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