There will never be clo­sure, says Reeva’s au­thor mom

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JUNE Steenkamp is launch­ing her book Reeva – A Mother’s Story in Port El­iz­a­beth this week, the SABC re­ported yes­ter­day.

In an in­ter­view with the broad­caster, Steenkamp said she was not con­cerned about the out­come of the ap­peal process un­der­taken by Par­a­lympian Os­car Pis­to­rius, as it would not bring her daugh­ter Reeva back or bring the fam­ily clo­sure.

“It is never go­ing to hap­pen. One is a fool if you think you can get over this. We will never get over this, we will never get clo­sure. What is clo­sure?” she said.

“Only if she could walk through the door would I have clo­sure, if a mir­a­cle could hap­pen and she could come back into our lives. We are dev­as­tated, my hus­band and I. She was ev­ery­thing to us.”

The launch of her book takes place in the same week Pis­to­rius’s lawyers filed pa­pers op­pos­ing the State’s ap­pli­ca­tion to ap­peal against his cul­pa­ble homi­cide con­vic­tion and sen­tence.

Pis­to­rius was jailed for five years for the cul­pa­ble homi­cide killing of his girl­friend, law grad­u­ate and model Steenkamp. He shot her dead through a locked toi­let door at his Tsh­wane home on Fe­bru­ary 14 last year.

June said she planned to use the money earned from in­ter­na­tional me­dia in­ter­views to set up a trust to open a shel­ter for abused women in the name of her daugh­ter.

“When we have raised enough money to build the shel­ter, and have some funds, I would like to help the peo­ple who are go­ing through the same thing,” she said.

“They may also not have money like we when it hap­pened to us. I got such love and help from every­body, so it is time to pay for­ward, and it will make me feel good.” – Sapa

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