Steenkamps had no part in State's latest appeal against Oscar's six-year sentence

JULY 21, 2016

Reeva Steenkamp's parents, June and Barry, on Thursday said that, while they have always fully supported State Prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, and his team’s fight for justice for Reeva, they had no input in the decision of the state to appeal the six-year sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius early this month.

On Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that it had carefully considered the sentence handed to Pistorius by Judge Masipa in the Gauteng High Court, in Pretoria, and decided to file an application for leave to appeal the sentence. The papers will be filed on Thursday.

However, the Steenkamps' family spokesperson, Tania Koen, said that June and Berry, are instead "focusing their energy on the upcoming official media launch of The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation on the19 August 2016, on what would have been Reeva’s 33rd birthday, at Sun International’s “The Boardwalk”, in her hometown of Port Elizabeth".

"Reeva was killed on the same morning she was due to deliver a speech against the abuse of woman, at a school in Johannesburg.  June strives to be Reeva’s voice and continue Reeva’s passion in educating and empowering victims of domestic violence and abuse," described Koen.

"Amongst other initiatives to be announced on this special evening, will also be the introduction of a unique world’s first DOMESTIC AND VIOLENCE -  ONE STOP EDUCATION PACK (“Reeva pack”)."