Reeva remembered as her 32nd birthday approaches

Reeva Steenkamp’s parents say they're still struggling to come to terms with their loss.

FILE: Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche.

JOHANNESBURG - As Oscar Pistorius prepares to be released from prison on parole this week, Reeva Steenkamp's parents have issued a statement saying they're still struggling to come to terms with their loss.

Pistorius killed Reeva in his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He was convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in prison.

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June and Barry Steenkamp said they're feeling her loss more this week as tomorrow would have been her 32nd birthday.

They said that as a family they want to continue to honour Reeva's memory and will commemorate her birthday by focusing on the foundation they started in her name.

They will also be celebrating her life, what she stood for and the joy she brought into so many lives.

The couple said they appreciate the interest shown by the media and the public, but will not be granting any interviews ahead of Pistorius's release on parole this Friday.


The state has argued that Judge Thokozile Masipa incorrectly applied the legal principle of 'dolus eventualis' in Pistorius's trial and that he should be convicted of murder.

This is among the submissions in the state's heads of argument filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Monday.

The state has argued that Pistorius armed himself with the intention to shoot while knowing there was a person behind the toilet cubicle door he intentionally fired four shots.

It said the only conclusion that can be reached is that he intended to kill the person in the cubicle and therefore must be found guilty of murder.

The state argued that Judge Masipa incorrectly applied the legal principal of 'dolus eventualis' in this respect.

The defence has a month to respond, with the matter expected to be heard in November.

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