Steenkamp family wants to meet with Pistorius

Barry and June Steenkamp’s attorney says meeting with Pistorius would help them with closure.

FILE: Barry and June Steenkamp. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - The attorney for Reeva Steenkamp's parents has confirmed her father, Barry, wants to meet with Oscar Pistorius but only when the time is right.

The athlete was released from prison a week ago under correctional supervision, having served just one year of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide.

Pistorius shot his girlfriend at his home on Valentine's Day two years ago.

Attorney Tania Koen says the Steenkamps are willing to meet with Pistorius but the athlete would have to submit a request.

"Barry has indicated that he certainly wants to meet with Oscar Pistorius, but he will only do so at a later stage when the time is right. I think the time will be most certainly right after the appeal has been finalised."

Koen says meeting with Pistorius would help the couple with closure.

The state's appeal against the athlete's culpable homicide conviction is set down to be heard next Tuesday in Bloemfontein.

Last week, the Steenkamps said Pistorius's release from prison made no difference to them.

The Steenkamp family's spokesperson Tania Koen said, "To them it does not matter whether he was released yesterday, a few hours earlier or a few hours later, whether he remains incarcerated or not. It makes no difference to their lives because Reeva is still not coming back."