Crying friends and family crammed into the memorial hall at the Victoria Park Crematorium in Port Elizabeth.
After the 45-minute service, Steenkamp’s casket was carried out to the hearse covered with a cloth and flowers.
Close family friend and horse trainer Tara Laing spoke briefly after the memorial service saying that she knew Steenkamp from a young age and “watched her grow up”.
Laing said that despite Steenkamp’s family knowing of her relationship with Oscar Pistorius, he was not known to her parents.
“The family and her parents do not know him [Pistorius] at all,” she said.
Laing described Steenkamp as the type of woman who would “never complain if she had problems” and “very much kept her problems to herself”.
Family friend and Port Elizabeth horse trainer Hekkie Strydom said that the incident was a “terrible and shocking tragedy”.
“We can’t say much, but we are all coping I suppose,” he said.
Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor Nancy Sihlwayi said she was attending the service on behalf of the city and all South African women.
Sihlwayi arrived after attending a protest against gender violence outside the Port Elizabeth High Court.
“We can’t go to the court in Pretoria, so we did the next best thing, protest outside the High Court in Port Elizabeth,” she said.
“He [Pistorius] must die in court and die in jail. He is an animal. Killers must get what they deserve. The murder of innocent women must stop and something needs to be done.”
Sihlwayi, who started crying while addressing the media, described Steenkamp as an “angel” and a “leader”.
“She has been a leader to many people. He [Pistorius] cannot be proud of his leading role. He is sick and we are afraid of people like this.”
Former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela said: “This child is the daughter of Africa.
“She was humble and even from listening to her friends speak of her, she was just such a loving and caring girl. I am here to give support to the family. I am deeply saddened by this incident.”
After the service, her uncle Michael Steenkamp, brother Adam and cousin Sharon briefly addressed the media.
“We are here to keep Reeva in our hearts forever,” her uncle said before crying.
“We are here today as a family. Reeva was part of this family and just meant so much to us.”
Adam said: “There is now a space missing inside the people that used to know her and she will be missed by everyone.”
Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor Nancy Sihlwayi said [Pistorius] must die in court and die in jail. He is an animal. Killers must get what they deserve. The murder of innocent women must stop and something needs to be done.
How can someone in your position say something like this mara ? hai i think i am with the decision to axe out those like you who are there under nepotism. its non of your business to say such a line , you business was to just try comfort the family and making sure you stand to talk positive. Pistorius case should better be handled at court , not people like you to have a say. Obatla Malema wena !
Another woman brutally murdered by her lover. SA’ns men are on a roll and I doubt we realise just how out of control this is? Question: How many women will survive today?
Reeva May your soul RIP and May your Family and Friends find Peace and Strength to forgive Oscar
But Pic 2 ,could be a possible reason for your departure. Man everybody singing praises on both of you ,yet just 2 months before this you guys were at each others throats a nd another man was involved Yet you Oscar denied it. As for pic 2 his been mentioned quite a lot since the happening.
Oscar better get your story straight boet asthe truth hasa moerse way of coming out