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Barry Steenkamp: Justice has prevailed

The SCA today set aside Oscar Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction and replaced it with murder.

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

KING WILLIAM'S TOWN - Reeva Steenkamp's father says he hopes both families can now move on with their lives after Oscar Pistorius's conviction was changed from culpable homicide to murder.

Barry Steenkamp made the comments to News24 in Port Elizabeth shortly after today's ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

WATCH: SCA: Oscar murdered Reeva

Steenkamp says justice has prevailed and he hopes the families involved in what the court called a tragedy, can now move on with their lives.

The 69-year-old says he was not surprised by the court's ruling.

He did not attend today's proceedings but instead watched it on television at home.

He says when Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide, he knew the court challenge was not over.

Steenkamp says now that the conviction has been changed to murder, the chapter is closed.

He also told the news agency that his family will now focus on the foundation set up in memory of their daughter.

JUSTICE MINISTER CONGRATULATES NPA

At the same time, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha has congratulated the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on successfully appealing Pistorius's conviction.

Pistorius was handed a five-year sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva in 2013 and is currently out on correctional supervision.

Minister Masutha welcomed the murder conviction handed down to Pistorius.

He says it has now paved the way for the state, to follow through with appeals in such cases in future.

The SCA has found High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa made errors in law, when convicting Pistorius of culpable homicide.

The former athlete was released from prison last month to serve out the remainder of his five-year sentence under house arrest.

For the full judgment click here.

To read EWN 's feature on Oscar Pistorius's trial, click here.

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