Thursday, 22 October 2015

Mother of Pistorius' girlfriend delivers late daughter's speech.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo a mourner holds a funeral program with a portrait of Reeva Steenkamp, the late girlfriend of Oscar...The mother of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend on Wednesday delivered the speech her daughter wrote and had planned to give at a South African school on the day she was killed by the Olympic athlete.

June Steenkamp went back to Reeva Steenkamp's old high school in their home town of Port Elizabeth to talk to students, and read directly from the speech that touched on domestic abuse, family relationships, and even Reeva Steenkamp's struggles to break into the modeling industry because she wasn't very tall.

"I will now carry on where she left off," June Steenkamp told students before reading excerpts of the speech her daughter had prepared for a visit to a Johannesburg school on Valentine's Day 2013.

Instead, Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model, was fatally shot by Pistorius in the pre-dawn hours of that day. Read on.........

Responding to students' questions, June Steenkamp also spoke of the double-amputee runner, who was released from jail Monday to go under house arrest.

"I've got no feelings of revenge," she said. "I don't want to hurt him, he is already a disabled person. I did not want him to be thrown into jail and suffering because I don't wish suffering on anyone and that's not going to bring Reeva back.

"But in my heart, I don't want revenge towards him. I am past that."

May the soul of Reeva continue to rest in peace.


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