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Reeva Steenkamp's mother's anger in the BBC documentary of Oscar Pistorius


Reeva Steenkamp's mother revealed how & # 39; she was trembling with anger & # 39; on news of BBC's Oscar Pistorius documentary after Paralympian shot her daughter in cold blood.

June Steenkamp said the documentary trailer did not mention Reeva's name, adding to the grief of the Pistorius who killed her daughter and making her an "anonymous victim".

Critics berated the BBC for failing to mention Reeva Steenkamp's name, saying the trailer, which has since been deleted from the platforms, "erased" her memory.

Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, ​​said she "shivered with rage" when she learned that the trailer for the four-part documentary did not mention her daughter's name as it turned her into an "anonymous victim" power.

Reeva Steenkamp in 2012 with then boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, who murdered her on Valentine's Day in 2013

Reeva Steenkamp in 2012 with then boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, who murdered her on Valentine's Day in 2013

In an article for the Telegraph, June wrote that she "shivered with anger" when she learned that the trailer for the four-part documentary about Pistorius' life did not make any specific reference to Reeva by name.

I shivered when I heard the news, ”she wrote. "Where was the respect for Reeva, a talented, brave, compassionate woman whose life Pistorius wiped out in his prime?"

The BBC apologized and the trailer was withdrawn.

The documentary's director, Daniel Gordon, also apologized to June for the trauma the trailer had caused.

Reeva Steenkamp, ​​a 29-year-old model and law graduate who was famous in South Africa herself, is pictured but not named in the trailer

Reeva Steenkamp, ​​a 29-year-old model and law graduate who was famous in South Africa herself, is pictured but not named in the trailer

33-year-old Oscar Pistorius was convicted of the murder of Steenkamp by the South African Supreme Court in 2018 and is serving a 13-year prison sentence for murder.

Steenkamp, ​​a 29-year-old model and law graduate who was famous in South Africa herself, is pictured but not named in the trailer.

However, June said her grief is compounded by the way Pistorius' accomplishments as a Paralympic sprinter "continued to be glorified while Reeva was reduced to an anonymous sacrifice".

She wrote: “Once again the focus is on a man who, despite all his public tears on the witness stand, never showed enough respect for my daughter's memory at his trial to admit he murdered her in cold blood.

"This whole sad saga has forced us again to watch our daughter – a woman who was accomplished and caring as well as beautiful, a lawyer passionate about ending male violence against women – instead remains defined as a victim. "

In a statement by the BBC on Tuesday, they said they "regret" that the original trailer did not include Reeva Steenkamp.

& # 39; We regret that the original path did not refer directly to Reeva Steenkamp. We are aware of the excitement it caused, which was never the intent.

Pistorius on trial in 2015, during a protracted trial that eventually saw him convicted of Steenkamp's murder and jailed for more than 13 years

Pistorius on trial in 2015, during a protracted trial that eventually saw him convicted of Steenkamp's murder and jailed for more than 13 years

"We've removed the trail and it's being replaced with something more representative of the series that examines a number of complex issues related to her murder in detail."

The documentary director Daniel Gordon said gender-based violence was part of a "range of subjects" on which the film would "provide a lens".

He said Reeva Steenkamp's parents June and Barry were approached to appear in the documentary and declined, but were informed of the progress of the documentary and a member of the Steenkamp family attended.

Tania Koen, spokesperson for June and Barry Steenkamp and their attorney and acting director of the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation, said: “Although June and Barry declined to participate, Daniel stayed in touch and kept us updated on the progress and when the documentary was released would be. & # 39;

The documentary The Trials of Oscar Pistorius is slated for release on BBC iPlayer next month, more than seven and a half years after Steenkamp's death on Valentine's Day 2013.