Reeva Steenkamp’s Mom: Jail Won’t Bring Her BackBy: Toni Matthews-El - April 10, 2014
Throughout this huge spectacle of a trial, almost all of the attention has been directed towards defendant Oscar Pistorius. Because of his level of fame in South Africa, everything he does or says is the subject of news articles around the world.
It is actually rare that anyone has anything to say about those most deeply impacted by Oscar Pistorius’s fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp: Her family.
Steenkamp’s mother June has already made her sentiments known, and it’s a little shocking.
She says that in all honesty, she does not care whether or not Pistorius is jailed for murder. While this opinion is typically the antithesis of what one expects from a grieving mother, June Steenkamp’s logic is absolute.
She says nothing the court does to Pistorius will bring back her beloved daughter.
Steenkamp admitted that she does not know what to make of the 27-year-old athlete’s behavior in court despite watching his every move.
“I look at Oscar the whole time, to see how he is coping,” Steenkamp told the Daily Mirror, “How he is behaving. I’m obsessed with looking at him, it’s just instinctive, I can’t explain it.”
She isn’t certain if his grief is sincere as he has been “very dramatic” at key moments throughout the trial.
The prosecution in the Pistorius case has not been impressed with his behavior on or off the stand. He was outright declared an “egotist” during cross-examination and is accused of trying to emotionally manipulate his way out of a guilty verdict.
“I don’t know whether he’s acting,” said June Steenkamp. “Most of the time he’s on his cell phone or looking down at papers or writing notes.”
Though her heart is not in the trial outcome as it won’t bring back daughter Reeva, June Steenkamp does believe that Oscar Pistorius “has to stand up to what he’s done” and if necessary, “pay for it.’
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