South African TV to air reality show featuring late model Steenkamp
South Africa’s national broadcaster says it will go ahead with screening a reality TV show featuring Reeva Steenkamp.
The South African model died on February 14 in her home at the Silver Lakes Golf Estate in Pretoria. February 14.
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, her boyfriend, is accused of her murder.
In a statement today SABC says it will air the 'Tropika Island of Treasure' programme tonight “which features the late Reeva Steenkamp”.
The show’s executive producer, Samantha Moon, said Steenkamp’s family wants the show to go ahead. Moon said that the family “wants it on. This is how they want to remember her”.
Reeva’s cousin, Sharon Steenkamp, said the family had not been consulted by anyone from the show or SABC, but they were not against it being aired because Reeva “was proud of being in the show”.
“Her last words to us personally was that she wants us to watch it,” Sharon Steenkamp said.
A Steenkamp family spokesman said relatives still faced a long struggle to come to terms with her killing.
“I can’t see the family getting over this shortly,” Reeva’s uncle, Mike Steenkamp said. “It’s going to be a long, long-term reconciliation with a lot of things and issues.”
Mike Steenkamp said there would be a memorial service for Reeva in her home town of Port Elizabeth, on South Africa’s southern coast.
“Reeva’s casket is being brought to PE (Port Elizabeth),” he said.