Oscar Pistorius Guilty of Murder
The family of murdered model Reeva Steenkamp have received an early Christmas gift – they can now get closure after their daughter was killed at the hands of her world famous boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.
The athlete was recently found guilty of murdering his lover and now faces a possible lengthy jail term.
For Reeva Steenkamp’s father, Barry, it is finally “over”, but for Oscar Pistorius, it is probably the start of a long and emotional hurdle.
State prosecutor’s are hurriedly attempting to secure his arrest and hoping to start sentencing procedures as soon as possible.
In South Africa, The prescribed minimum sentence on a charge of murder is 15 year’s in prison.
The athlete would be forced to leave the comforts of his uncle’s luxury mansion and return to the confines of prison life following his early realease into house arrest in October.
I have been following the athletes murder case since news first broke of the tragic shooting at his Pretoria home, and since then it has been a marathon of events – Pistorius’ arrest and his hugely publicised murder trial.
The world looked on and all the attention turned to this young man whose remarkable rise to fame fixated the minds on many.
The image of him starring straight at the eyes of the Magistrate with his jaw clenched has stuck with me till today.
This icon of world athletics, admired by millions stood in the accused dock motionless and clearly shaken by the events that took place at his home in the early hours of valentines day in 2014.
I recently paged through a weekend newspaper that quoted a friend of Pistorius, Kevin Lerena who interestingly testified against him.
He relayed a conversation that he had with the athlete who expressed how terrified he was by the thought of returning to prison.
Pistorius reportedly exclaimed how disgusted he was at the filth that exists at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility.
Intrestingly the media also got a rare glimpse of the facility, where images of Pistorius’s small jail cell made the rounds on publications and on online media.
The small cell with a single bed, small basin and desk, is a far cry to the opulent three story mansion that Pistorius calls home, atleast for now.
For the Steenkamp’s they will continue with their lives in their humble Port Elizabeth home.
Their daughter, who supported them financially will remain irreplaceable, but they are hoping to keep her memory alive.
When I spoke to the models mom, June Steenkamp – she spoke somewhat excitedly about her plans for the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.
She says they hope to use the foundation to help and support women and children who are victims of abuse.
Pistorius’s fate now lies in the hands of High Court judge Thokozile Masipa who again has the unenviable task of deciding on the athlete’s sentence.
Written by Nhlanhla Sehume, Kaya FM News Reporter