Sport
'Pistorius didn't look me in the eye' - Steenkamp's mom
Publish Date: Mar 04, 2014
'Pistorius didn't look me in the eye' - Steenkamp's mom
Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, rubs his eyes after arriving at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for the second day of his trial. AFP Photo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

JUNE Steenkamp, the mother of Oscar Pistorius's dead girlfriend, said he walked straight past her in court on Monday, denying her the opportunity to look him in the eye.

Speaking to the American channel NBC, Steenkamp said Pistorius never made eye contact with her on the first day of his trial for murdering her daughter.

"He just walked into the courtroom and looked straight ahead. And then he sat down and never looked my way."

"I wanted him to see me. I'm the mother of Reeva," said the 67-year-old, who travelled from the southern coastal town of Port Elizabeth to attend the trial in Pretoria.

She said it was important that he saw her in court. "I can't explain to you why, that's what I wanted to do today."

Steenkamp was not in court on Tuesday. She added that her husband Barry, who suffered a minor stroke last month, could not travel to Pretoria.

She said she had never met Pistorius and that Reeva's relationship with the double-amputee sprinter was brief.

"I think it was three months."

"I just want the truth. We want the truth of what happened. Only she and Oscar were there, and she's not here anymore."

Pistorius, 27, is charged with the murder of the blonde model, whom he shot in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. He claims that he mistook her for an intruder and fired at her through a locked bathroom door.

On Monday, the star pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

His trial has been dubbed one of the biggest in South Africa's recent history, attracting huge local and international media interest.

Steenkamp said she wanted the truth on what happened on the night her daughter was killed, adding that it was important to forgive the Paralympics gold medal star.

"I've got to depend on the justice system that we get justice and we get answers. I've got confidence in that."

"It doesn't matter what happens to Oscar because my daughter is never coming back."

But, she said: "It's actually important to forgive him, for me. Because I don't want to live with bitterness in my life."

"I can forgive."

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Peter Kirsten named new national cricket coach
IN a bid to reverse the luck lacklustre performance in international cricket, Uganda Cricket Association has reshuffled its technical set-up with sweeping changes across the board...
Massa sinks Chippa, warns Ghana
Geoffrey Massa inspired his South Africa Premier Soccer League side Amatuks to their first win of the season on Wednesday and later declared that; “Bring on Ghana”...
Uganda teams urged on discipline at EA S.S Championships
Uganda’s teams to the 13th edition of the East African Secondary School Championships have been urged to observe discipline so as to shine...
Chemusto makes 1500m final in Nanjing
All that 16-year old Janat Chemusto, needed at the first race in the Nanjing Olympic Stadium of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games 2014 was to be among the first ten in order to qualify for the Sunday finals of 3000m....
Sports a lucrative means of financial empowerment
Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has urged the youth to engage in sports as an enterprise that he said can provide a steady source of income besides keeping them healthy...
Youth Olympic Games: Balimumiti braces for tough race
Ugandan Geoffrey Balimumiti gets to the Nanjing Olympic Sports Stadium on Friday night to battle seven other athletes for a slot in the Monday final of the 800m of the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in the eastern city of China, Nanjing...
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter