June Steenkamp: "Our lives are destroyed"
The Mirror, one of the UK's top selling newspapers, has managed to get an exclusive interview with Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp. June has revealed to the paper how she "studies Oscar's every move in a bid to find the truth."
Her first words to the paper were: "It was a big thing for me to go to the trial in the first place and face up to what is going on. It’s very traumatic when certain things come up. This is my child – and I must listen to the graphic detail."
She then told the paper that she's obsessed with looking at the athlete. "I look at Oscar the whole time, to see how he is coping, how he is behaving. I’m obsessed with looking at him, it’s just instinctive."
Oscar has been getting a lot of criticism this week from the public, due to his emotional behaviour. June has responded to his behaviour, telling the Mirror that she doesn't know if he's acting or not.
"I keep thinking, 'let me see how he’s taking this.' He's been very dramatic, the vomiting and crying. I think he's just about keeping himself together. I don't know whether he's acting."
Talking about Oscar's public apology to her, June said that she cried for the first time. "I cried for the first time- not because he apologised, but because of the suffering and agony that my darling daughter went through and because I will never have her again."
June told the paper that as the trial has gone on, the Pistorius family have slowly started to make overtures to her.
Oscar's sister, Aimee, handed her a note to say how “sorry” the family is for her loss and inviting her to “reach out” to them for support. June, however, dismissed the approach, saying: “It won’t bring my daughter back."
She then added: “We just want to know the truth.”