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ANCWL fix 'Steenkamp must rot in jail' blunder, talks underway for Oscar trial to start soonest

DECEMBER 7, 2015
ANCWL fix 'Steenkamp must rot in jail' blunder, talks underway for Oscar trial to start soonest

ANC Women's League (ANCWL) President, Minister Bathabile Dlamini, visited Reeva Steenkamp's family in Port Elizabeth on Sunday where she apologised for the 'Steenkamp must rot in jail' blunder by an ANCWL member during an ANN7 interview - see video of blunder below.

In the video that went viral on social media, an ANCWL member, who identified herself as ANCWL Free State chairperson, Mapaseka Nkoane repeatedly says; "Steenkamp must rot in Jail", while in fact referring to Pistorius, on live television.

Video courtesy of MashUP ZA on YouTube.

The comment was made after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder and not of culpable homicide as rule by the High Court.

According to the ANCWL the blunder was because the ANCWL members were "overwhelmed" by the SCA judgement.

ANCWL National Spokesperson Toko Xasa told News24 that the Steenkamps understood what Nkoane was trying to say from the beginning.

Xasa said the ANCWL blamed the media for not correcting Nkoane while she was being interviewed.

“We are dealing with a very respectable family.

"Even before we could say anything on the apology, they [the Steenkamps] understood. A person can have a slip of the tongue. When that happens, you can correct that person. How would they just relax and take advantage of that situation. We are fortunate to deal with a humble family who accepted our apology," Xasa told News24.

The ANCWL have also endorsed a project the Steenkamps are undertaking in Port Elizabeth this Wednesday, which is a march in support of the 16 days of activism against abuse of women and children.

The march will start in Summerstrand, were Reeva’s remains were scattered in the sea.

Meanwhile, according to a report by eNCA, it isunderstood that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is in talks with Pistorius' legal team to get him back on trial as soon as possible - possibly Tuesday.

Last week, the SCA found that Judge Thokozile Masipa ignored crucial evidence from Captain Chris Mangena, a police forensic expert, when she founc Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide after he shot dead Reeva on Valentine's Day in 2013 through a closed toilet door.

The SCA reffered back the case to the High Court for resentencing.

----additional reporting News24wire and eNCA.