Nelson Mandela Bay municipality deputy mayor Nancy Sihlwayi said she was disturbed by the murder of Port Elizabeth-born model, Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot and killed by paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day.
Steenkamp was cremated during a quiet and a private funeral held at Victoria Park Crematorium in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
Her cremation was preceded by a memorial service, which was attended by invitation only.
Sihlwayi has called for both women and men to unite in action against the gender-based violence and killings that have been happening across the country recently.
“I wish to express our deepest condolences and sympathy with the Steenkamp family, particularly the bereaved parents, Barry and June Steenkamp, on the loss of their beautiful daughter,” said Sihlwayi.
“I trust that the law will take its course and that the perpetrator will be brought to book.
“We have now reached a stage where we can no longer keep quiet while some of us are being killed like this.”
One of Reeva’s friends at the St Dominics Priory School in Port Elizabeth, Khanyisa Kawu, attended the funeral wearing the school’s navy and gold blazer, in honour of the school days with the slain model.
Kawu said she and Reeva matriculated at the school in 2001.
“Reeva was close to everyone in the school. I wonder how many people knew that she could speak Xhosa,” Kawu said.
Pistorius’ bail application continues in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.