Former Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius is set to be released on parole, almost 11 years after the tragic murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, now 37, shot Steenkamp multiple times through a bathroom door on Valentine’s Day in 2013, asserting that he mistook her for a burglar at their Pretoria home.

In 2016, a South African court sentenced Pistorius to serve 13 years and five months in prison for the murder. Now, the parole board has scheduled his release for January 5, 2024. The case gained international attention and sparked discussions about domestic violence and the responsibility of individuals with a public profile.

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Who is June Steenkamp?

June Steenkamp is the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, the South African model who tragically lost her life in a high-profile incident involving Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. Reeva Steenkamp was fatally shot by Pistorius in the early morning hours of February 14, 2013, at his residence in Pretoria, South Africa.

June Steenkamp became known to the public as she faced the media during and after the trial of Oscar Pistorius. The trial gained significant international attention and was closely followed by the media. Throughout the legal proceedings, June Steenkamp and her family sought justice for the loss of their daughter and maintained a public presence, advocating for awareness about domestic violence and the impact of such incidents on families.

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Reeva Steenkamp’s tragic death and the subsequent legal proceedings, which led to Pistorius being found guilty of murder, highlighted issues related to gender-based violence and the responsibility of individuals in positions of influence. June Steenkamp’s public statements and appearances often conveyed a message of grief, but also a commitment to seeking justice and bringing attention to the broader societal issues associated with such cases.