ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini visited murdered Port Elizabeth model Reeva Steenkamp’s family on Sunday following the State’s successful appeal of the Oscar Pistorius case.
Dlamini‚ along with a delegation of Women’s League members‚ are in the Bay to prepare and campaign for the 2016 Local Government Elections.
She met with Reeva’s parents‚ June and Barry Steenkamp‚ at their Barking Spider pub in Greenbushes at about 2:30pm where they first spoke privately before addressing the media.
The visit was a courtesy one as they had not previously met with the new president of the Women’s League.
Dlamini hailed the victory in the Supreme Court of Appeals as a victory for women‚ particularly during the 16 days of activism against the abuse of women and children.
Dlamini said there was a women’s march on Wednesday in honour of Reeva and other women who are victims of abuse.
Reeva’s mother June said of the judgment that she had received “justice for my daughter‚ respect for her life”. She thanked the Women’s League for their support throughout the past three years.
Meanwhile‚ Dlamini also apologised for the blunder by an ANCWL spokesperson on live TV for saying that “Steenkamp must rot in jail… Steenkamp didn’t have a right to take Reeva’s life”.
The video clip went viral on social media.
June said she was not even aware of the video clip but thanked them for the apology.