Steenkamp's parents support NPA’s decision to appeal Pistorius’s sentence

The NPA announced it intends appealing the six-year jail term handed to Oscar Pistorius.

file: Reeva Steenkamp’s father, Barry Steenkamp, arrives at the Pretoria High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

PRETORIA - Reeva Steenkamp's parents have reacted to the state's announcement of it intention to appeal murderer Oscar Pistorius's sentence, saying they fully support the prosecution's fight for justice.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced yesterday it intends appealing the six-year jail term handed to the former athlete earlier this month.

It believes the sentence is disproportionate to the crime he committed.

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While Barry and June Steenkamp have welcomed the State's decision to appeal Pistorius's sentence, their attorney Tania Koen stressed that the couple had no say in the decision.

"They don't have a say in this. That is the decision the State makes and of course they support it now because they've always believed that they're fighting for Reeva."

While the Pistorius family has not official reacted to this latest development, his brother Carl took to social media to indicate he was shocked and at a loss for words.

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Meanwhile, the African National Congress Women's League has welcomed the State's decision, saying it is in the interests of justice.