The last picture of Reeva Steenkamp alive has emerged, with the publication of as leaked CCTV footage of the model arriving at Oscar Pistorius’s house the night she died showing her seemingly happy and relaxed.
By Mike Pflanz, Dan Newling in Cape Town
SMILING and looking relaxed, Reeva Steenkamp drives up to the guarded entrance of the home of Oscar Pistorius.
Only minutes later, the Paralympic champion passes through the same security checkpoint.
Within hours, 29-year-old Miss Steenkamp was dead, shot four times by Pistorius, who claims he mistook her for an intruder at his home on the Silver Woods estate in Pretoria.
The poignant CCTV footage was shown by the South African documentary programme Carte Blanche on the M-Net network shows
Miss Steenkamp’s parents Barry and June also told the programme of their pain and how they were first told of their daughter’s death on St Valentine’s Day.
“I had a phone call at 7.30 that morning and the man said to me…do you have a daughter, and I said yes, and he said is that Reeva, and I said yes, and he said there’s been an accident and she’s been shot,” Mrs Steenkamp said.
“I said all I want to know now is she alive or is she dead. The man said I don’t want you to have to go and read it in the paper but she’s dead.”
Reeva Steenkamp with Oscar Pistorius at the SA Sports Awards (Reuters)
Mr Steenkamp, who was “not coping at all” with his daughter’s death, repeated calls for Pistorius to tell the whole truth.
“It’s only Oscar [and] Reeva that know the true story and all I want is that he must just come out with the honest truth,” he said.
They added that they both watched a TV show that featured their daughter that was aire last weekend.
“We watched it, we had to, to see her laughing again, and alive,” Mrs Steenkamp said.
The CCTV footage emerged as her best friend’s father claimed Miss Steenkamp did not originally plan to stay with Pistorius the night she died, but changed her mind because it became too late for her to drive home safely.
Miss Steenkamp had lived with Cecil Myers, a commercial printer, and his wife Desi since September, and the couple’s daughter Kim was the model’s closest friend in the city.
Mr Myers told South Africa’s City Press: “Then Reeva sent the [text] message, ‘Hi guys, I’m too tired. It’s too far to drive. I’m sleeping at Oscar’s tonight. See you tomorrow’.
“Tomorrow never dawned for her I have nightmares at night thinking how frightened she must have been.”
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Reeva Steenkamp into the crematorium building in Port Elizabeth (AFP/Getty Images)
Mr Myers said he had found Pistorius to be “very moody” as he wooed the young model, who felt caged in by his attentions.
“He was very nice and charming to us when they started dating,” Mr Myers said. “Then he always came in to say hello. But when they began to date steadily, he just dropped her and picked her up.
“He kept pestering her, phoning and phoning and phoning her.
“Oscar was hasty and impatient and very moody — that’s my impression of him.
“She told me he pushed her a bit into a corner. She felt caged in. I told her I would talk to him. I told him not to force himself on her. Back off.
“He agreed, but his face showed me what he was thinking, ‘Oh, this guy is talking nonsense’.”
Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp at a friend’s engagement party in January
Mr Myers said he had decided to talk to South Africa’s City Press newspaper because, “everywhere you go, it’s just Oscar, Oscar.
“But Reeva was the victim, her voice must be heard too. People must know who Reeva Steenkamp was”.
Police asked Mr Myers, his daughter, Kim, and his son, David, formally to identify Miss Steenkamp’s body on the morning that she was killed. “We looked at her through a glass window. She was the way someone looks who has been shot. The police tried to make it easier for us,” he said.
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