Cape Town – Hype surrounding the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is mounting globally as the first anniversary of Reeva Steenkamp’s death looms, but in her parents’ home town of Port Elizabeth there is little evidence of the matter.
When residents talk about Pistorius, or his girlfriend, Steenkamp, 29, whom he gunned down in his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year, they do so in hushed tones.
Some simply clam up.
There is no apparent memorial for Steenkamp and no obvious sign that she once lived in the town.
At a pub about 20 minutes outside the centre of Port Elizabeth and which her parents, Barry and June Steenkamp, now run, it’s business as usual.
This week the Steenkamps asked the media and public to respect their privacy.
In a statement, they said June Steenkamp would attend Pistorius’s trial next month.
It resulted in a flurry of tweets and news articles appearing in publications locally and around the world, including in the US