Reeva's friends hire private investigator

Johannesburg - Unnamed friends of Reeva Steenkamp have hired a private detective to investigate her death, a report said on Tuesday.

Steenkamp’s family, however, told Beeld they were unaware of the private detective.

“The private detective may have been misunderstood to say that I was the one who asked him to investigate,” said her father, Barry, from Port Elizabeth.

The late model’s “Johannesburg father” also denied that he gave the investigator a mandate to investigate her death. Steenkamp was killed in the Pretoria home of paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius claims he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder.

The friends approached detective Lance Epstein and asked him to “keep an eye on the investigation”.

Meanwhile, Steenkamp's parents have appointed lawyers.

Mike Venter and senior advocate Dup de Bruyn were appointed by the Steenkamp family to look after their interests, according to the report.

In a statement released on Monday, June and Barry Steenkamp said this was a very sad and traumatic time for them but they understood the intense media interest, Eyewitness News reported.

The Steenkamps requested the media to respect their privacy and said they would not be doing any interviews for the time being.

Steenkamp was cremated in a private ceremony in Port Elizabeth on 19 February.

Pistorius' next court appearance is on 4 June.
Tommy Jones 2013/02/26 08:51:52 AM
Well, now they do.
Ulandi Potgieter 2013/02/26 08:54:56 AM
So who do you believe?
Maricha Knight van Heerden 2013/02/26 09:04:22 AM
sure they know now! best place to keep a secret is online!
Lynn Hattingh 2013/02/26 09:05:42 AM
My condoplences to all who knew Reeva, to her friends thank you that was the best thing that you could have done for her. Our police force is not able to handle this efficiently or professionally. I have just one regret, that you guys did no hire Piet Byleveld.
RM Elegant 2013/02/26 09:08:17 AM
They should....This guy is a MURDERER and DESERVES TO BE JAILED. Any1 still believing his "I mistook her for an intruder" hogwash is either naturally deluded or intentionally ignoring common sense
Cosmos O'Ndebele 2013/02/26 09:09:58 AM
Kenny Kunene is the Sushi king almost 99% of the S.A population know about him. Pop out of yr shell dude
Cosmos O'Ndebele 2013/02/26 09:10:36 AM
Sushi king
Rod Glod 2013/02/26 09:15:35 AM
The Steenkamps must be feeling overwhelmed by the number of defense attorneys , forensic experts , PR companies etc. Good for them and "unamed friends" to fire back , I think *someone* needs to look after Reeva's and THEIR interests and the interests of Justice , state isn't doing a wonderful job so far.