ANCWL pays for June Steenkamp to attend trial
The ANC Women's League is footing the bill for June Steenkamp's travel and accommodation costs allowing her to attend the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.
FILE PICTURE: June, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, is seen crying while attending the murder trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria on Monday, 5 May 2014. Pistorius is accused of fatally shooting Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria in February 2013.Picture:Thobile Mathonsi/Independent Newspapers Ltd/Pool
“She will attend the trial for as long as the ANC Women’s League is able to pay for her travel and accommodation costs,” Steenkamp’s lawyer, Dup de Bruyn, Beeld reported on Tuesday.
Pistorius is charged with the murder of her daughter, Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot dead on Valentine’s Day last year. He has pleaded not guilty in the High Court in Pretoria, saying the shooting was an accident.
Gauteng African National Congress Women’s League spokeswoman Jacqui Mofokeng confirmed to Beeld that they were paying with the help of the Progressive Women’s Movement of SA and individual donations.
“We are doing this so that she can get some closure,” said Mofokeng.
Steenkamp lives in Port Elizabeth.
Her husband is not attending the trial, so the ANCWL is also helping to pay for the costs of her friend, Jenny Strydom.