Steenkamp mother: 'Arrogant Pistorius was sure to kill' - BBC News
Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at said that he terrorised her daughter during the controlling relationship. It was bad luck Reeva Steenkamp met Oscar Pistorius, her mother says, as the They'd shared a bed, but she was scared to take the relationship to that level. Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp's relationship was at the center of a murder Runner," was sentenced in the Valentine's Day murder of Steenkamp.
Indeed, part of the fascination in this case comes from the stories behind the two main players: As my colleague David Smith wrote this weekthe court provided a fascinating microcosm of how much South Africa has changed in the past few decades, with a black Zulu judge deciding the fate of a wealthy white Afrikaner.
Pistorius's tale is, of course, well known. Sixty-six years old, she is the second black woman in South Africa to attain the position of judge, and she did so by going to night school for 10 years while holding down a day job and raising two children. She is no pushover when it comes to the abuse of women. She once sentenced a former prison officer to life imprisonment after he shot and killed his wife in an argument. So admiration for Masipa should not stop us from asking questions.Oscar Pistorius' ex-girlfriend on their roller-coaster romance
Questions such as, how can a man pump four bullets into a bathroom door and be acquitted of intention to kill? And how can a judge as smart as Masipa think that Pistorius's immediate horror at what he'd done is proof that he didn't mean to kill, if not Steenkamp then at least somebody?
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These are some of the factors that convinced the judge not to convict him of premeditated murder which was never going to happen anyway or, much more surprisingly, dolus eventualis, a lesser charge of murder. We know what it takes for people to believe that a woman has been abused by a famous, powerful man: The earlier video of him dragging her unconscious out of the lift was, apparently, not good enough: Rice, like Pistorius, was simply too lucrative for the sporting industry to lose just because of a pesky domestic-abuse charge.
What's a little culpable homicide between colleagues? But I chose to use my heart instead.
Less than a month after they met, Steenkamp was hinting at the relationship's intensity, tweeting: Almost like finding the other part of yourself. On paper, Pistorius and Steenkamp were a perfect fit. Both came from comparatively privileged backgrounds in the new South Africa, they had nonetheless both seen fluctuations in their families' circumstances. Pistorius spent his early years in wealthy circumstances but his parents divorced when he was six and his father was declared bankrupt - meaning, he said in his autobiography, they relied on handouts from his paternal grandmother, and his mother had to scrimp and save to ensure he and his two siblings did not go without.
Steenkamp's parents also separated when she was young, and her father Barry struggled to support the family through work as a racehorse trainer.
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When she moved to Johannesburg in her late twenties, she used her limited earnings to support them. A model who friends said was on the verge of greater fame, she understood the world of celebrity he lived in and his desire for privacy and space. An athlete, he understood her model's preoccupation with health, diet and appearance.
The couple shared a love of cars - many of the Whatsapp messages they exchanged between them that were later retrieved by police were on that topic. Steenkamp was a keen horserider until she fell and broke her back in her early twenties. Having had to learn to walk again, she could empathise something of the struggle Pistorius faced as an amputee.
She frequently sent him motivational messages, telling him the month before she died: I'm here to always encourage you to get there.