Reeva Steenkamp's mum blasts BBC for Pistorius doc that appeared to make model's life "worth nothing"

REEVA Steenkamp’s mum has blasted the BBC for screening a new Oscar Pistorius documentary that made her life look like “nothing”.

June Steenkamp said she was “insulted” by the film’s trailer and accused it of portraying the model as a “nobody”.

It comes after the Beeb was slammed by viewers after a preview clip failed to name Reeva and instead focused on Pistorius’ rise to fame as a Paralympian.

The broadcaster later confirmed it had removed the trailer and said it was "aware of the upset it has caused".

But speaking today Ms Steenkamp told This Morning: “I feel disappointed and almost insulted by them not mentioning her name.

“And with the amount of gender-based violence that is going on this is a bad message out to people – that she is a nobody and that her life is worth nothing.

“Her life is worth everything – she was working against all kinds of gender-based violence and also for children.

This is a bad message out to people – that she is a nobody and that her life is worth nothing.

“So how can she not be mentioned as a person who died, because it could badly reflect maybe on the documentary. That is what I am thinking.”

Ms Steenkamp, who runs a foundation for victims of domestic abuse in her daughter’s name, said no one asked her to be in the documentary – made by US sports channel, ESPN.

She added: “Why do they not mention Reeva when they are doing a documentary about Oscar?

“Because they don’t want it to reflect on him – there’s nothing mentioned about what he’s done.

“I don’t doubt that he did wonderfully with no legs, winning races. He became almost an icon for what he has done.

“I won’t take that away from him. But he’s taken his daughter away from me.”


Pistorius shot 29-year-old Reeva dead at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

He denied murder and claimed he woke in their bed and opened fire believing Reeva was a burglar.

But the athlete – dubbed the 'Blade runner' – was found guilty and jailed for 15 years. He will not be eligible for parole until 2023.

Ms Steenkamp said she had forgiven her daughter’s killer because she did not want to be consumed by “hate”.

She added: “Long ago I forgave him, during the court case. It was known publicly I forgave him.

“But only because I’m a Christian and I have to forgive. But I didn’t want to go through the rest of my live with hate for him.  God expected me to forgive him and I did that."

Throughout the BBC's trailer, Reeva – who worked as a model and paralegal – was described as a “woman” and “girlfriend”.

But she never referred to by her name.

This sparked outrage on Twitter – with “Reeva Steenkamp” trending – and many called on the BBC to remove the clip.

One furious viewer wrote: “This is incredibly irresponsible. Show some respect for women’s lives and take this down.”

Another person said the BBC should be “ashamed” – adding that the trailer “portrays Pistorius as some kind of victim who has suffered an unfortunate downfall.

He added: “He is a convicted murderer. The man shot dead his partner in the bathroom.

"What’s even worse – her name isn’t even mentioned in this clip. Reeva Steenkamp.”

He is a convicted murderer. The man shot dead his partner in the bathroom. What’s even worse – her name isn’t even mentioned in this clip. Reeva Steenkamp."

Women's Aid also slammed the "shocking trailer" and said "it is Reeva whom we must remember and mourn.

Lucy Hadley, Campaign and Policy manager at Women's Aid, told The Sun Online: "It is shocking to watch the trailer and not hear any mention of Reeva Steenkamp's name, the woman who was murdered by Oscar Pistorius. 

"The trailer appears to present his case again as if his culpability is still in question. It is not in any question – Pistorius was found guilty of Reeva's murder.

"Appallingly, the focus yet again seems to be on the loss of his career rather than the real loss – Reeva's life. 

"It is Reeva who is central to the story and it is Reeva whom we must remember and mourn.

"This trailer shows just how much further we have to go before society truly values and protects women who experience male violence."

The first quote of the trailer said: “He is where he is through his own actions.

It is Reeva who is central to the story and it is Reeva whom we must remember and mourn."

"And whilst he may have been a remarkable human being, later on in life I think it all caught up with him.”

Other quotes from the trailer describe him as a being a “remarkable figure” who achieved an “impossible dream”.

Footage from the murder trial in South Africa showed him weeping in the dock, with one person saying: “And then we’ve got this view of this quite pathetic, sobbing person.”

A woman on the trailer then asks: “Why would a man kill a woman that he loves?”

It also includes balanced opinions from two women, one who said she “positively knew” Reeva was in the bathroom, while another said she has “always believed it was an accident”.

Another quote from the documentary described how Pistorius was “thrown to the wolves” because “everybody wanted a piece of him”.


The clip was removed after being viewed more than 230,000 times since it was posted on Twitter at 10am today.  

A BBC spokesman said: "We regret that the original trail did not refer to Reeva Steenkamp directly.

"We are aware of the upset it has caused, which was never the intention.

"We have removed the trail and it will be replaced by something more representative of the series, which examines in detail a number of complex issues connected to her murder."

Throughout the day, viewers voiced their outrage, with one adding: “Reeva Steenkamp was her name.

"I wonder what her life was like? What she achieved before she was murdered?


Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

“Why @BBC decided to include the quote “he was a really nice guy” in this trailer, about her murderer?”

Another person wrote: “Her name was Reeva Steenkamp. He killed her” while a viewer simply wrote #HerNameWasReevaSteenkamp ten times.

Their documentary series, The Trials of Oscar Pistorius, will be aired on BBC iPlayer on November 7.

The Sun Says

ONLY the BBC knows how it allowed the release of a documentary trailer portraying murderer Oscar Pistorius as some kind of misunderstood victim.

The teaser, which has now been pulled, failed to even mention the REAL victim. 

Reeva Steenkamp — shot dead by Pistorius as she cowered behind a bathroom door — was more than just a girlfriend to a sporting star. 

The law graduate and model was a human being with plans, dreams and a family who loved her. 

Licence fee-payers have every right to expect better from the BBC. 

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