Reeva’s mother says she has forgiven Pistorius

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Reeva Steenkamp’s mother says she has forgiven Oscar Pistorius, but her daughter will only rest in peace when the paralympian’s trial for her murder is over.

The South African athlete says he accidentally killed his model girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder and opening fire through an door, but the prosecution say it was pre-mediated.

June Steenkamp told Hello! Magazine she still feels her daughter’s presence since her death on Valentine’s Day 2013. She said: “I feel her presence and talk to her all the time. She’ll only rest in peace when this is over. I trust that God will prevail and justice will be done.

“I don’t hate Oscar,” she said, “I’ve forgiven him. I have to, that’s my religion. But I am determined to face him and re-claim my daughter. It’s important for him to know that I’m there, that Reeva’s mother who gave birth to her and loved her, is there for her.”