Reeva Steenkamp’s mother talks about Oscar’s release

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, recently broke her silence in response to Oscar Pistorius’ parole release, a significant development in the decade-long, high-profile case.

Pistorius, convicted in 2013 for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, has been released on parole after serving half of his 13-year and five-month sentence. June Steenkamp, in a statement, acknowledged the role of parole in the South African legal system and affirmed her and her late husband Barry’s belief in the justice system. She stated, “Oscar Pistorius’ release on parole, subject to certain conditions, has affirmed Barry and my belief in the South African justice system.”

The imposed conditions include Pistorius’ participation in anger management courses and programs addressing gender-based violence, signaling a commitment to addressing these issues seriously.

Nearly 11 years after Reeva’s tragic death, June expressed the ongoing pain she and Barry continue to endure. She revealed, “The pain is still raw and real, and my dear late husband Barry and I have never been able to come to terms with Reeva’s death or the way she died.”

Reflecting on the support they received over the years, June conveyed gratitude for the love and messages from both friends and strangers, acknowledging the encouragement that carried them through difficult times.

Addressing the question of whether Pistorius has served enough time for his crime, June shared the family’s perspective, stating, “There can never be justice if your loved one is never coming back, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back. We, who remain behind, are the ones serving a life sentence.”

In a plea for empathy, June urged people to consider the impact of their comments, emphasizing that the family did not choose the circumstances surrounding Reeva’s death. She concluded by expressing the sincere wish, shared with Barry, that Reeva could still be alive and laughing with them, highlighting the profound and lasting impact of the tragedy on the Steenkamp family.

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