Reeva Steenkamp's parents not after revenge

June Steenkamp says the family's aim is not to make the Oscar Pistorius “suffer” for what he did.

Reeva Steenkamp's parents, June and Barry leave the North Gauteng High Court after the first day of sentencing arguments in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Reeva Steenkamp's parents say they're not after revenge against her killer Oscar Pistorius and only want him to pay for what he has done.

The blade runner was yesterday sentenced to five years in prison by the High Court in Pretoria after being convicted of culpable homicide last month.

Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced the athlete to five years for culpable homicide for killing Steenkamp, and three years, wholly suspended, for the shooting incident at Tasha's in Melrose Arch.

Video: Five year sentence for Pistorius.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend in his Silver Lakes home on Valentine's Day last year.

In an exclusive interview with ITV, the model's mother, June, says the family's aim is not to make the double amputee "suffer" for what he did.

"We don't want vengeance or for him to suffer with his disability but at the same time we feel satisfied with the sentence that he will realise that you can't go around doing things like that."

Steenkamp's father, Barry, says he believes the whole truth has still not been revealed and only Pistorius knows what really happened.

"Our daughter would have spoken to us about it at a later stage, but we knew very little about Reeva and Oscar's relationship."


As the athlete begins serving his five year term, his first hurdle in adjusting to prison life is expected to be psychological, as he adapts to his new environment and stringent routine.

Experts familiar with what inmates go through in jail have spoken about the conditions the Pistorius will face.

Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders' Celia Dawson believes Pistorius will undoubtable be feeling alone and will find little comfort from those around him.

"He won't have intimate or friendly relationships because the environment isn't friendly so he will feel alienated."

The Wits University Justice Project's Ruth Hopkins says prison life is monotonous.

"They are usually woken at an early time. They will have breakfast then go back to their cells then have recreation time, then lunch and dinner will be served and thereafter the prison will go into lockdown."

It's understood the athlete is being held in a single cell in the hospital section of the prison.