Steenkamps ignore Oscar's greeting in court

Pretoria - Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius on Friday made an effort to acknowledge the family of his deceased girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius arrived at the High Court in Pretoria and on his way to his defence team passed by the bench where Steenkamp's parents June and Barry were seated with other relatives.

He mumbled a "good morning" which was met with silence.

A short while later, his uncle Arnold's wife Lois headed to the Steenkamp family.

She gave Barry an embrace and he smiled back warmly.

This was the first time Barry was seen publicly interacting with the Pistorius family.

He made his debut in court on Thursday after missing previous proceedings due to ill-health.

Pistorius is charged with murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

He shot her through the locked door of his toilet at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius has denied guilt, saying he thought she was an intruder about to open the door and attack him.

The State contends he shot her during an argument and it was premeditated.


Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Also making a second appearance in court on Friday was Pistorius's father, Henke.

Besides a handshake, the father and son hardly interacted on Thursday.

On Friday, however, Henke walked up to the dock shortly before proceedings started and gave his son a warm hug, patting him on the back and later holding his hand.

Meanwhile, support for Pistorius continued on the last lap of the trial. Stuck on the back of a bus stop bench outside the court on Friday was a bundle of green and yellow balloons.

"Oscar Pistorius, you will always be our hero", was written on a poster next to them.

It was unclear who had placed the balloons and poster there.

Motofogo Mulilo 2014/08/08 11:45:17 AM
Nothing wrong with common decency.
Chase Cameron 2014/08/08 11:47:24 AM
Good morning? What's good about it?
Anita Zondagh 2014/08/08 11:52:58 AM
I wouldn' greet the murderer of my daughter (if it happened in my family) either. Good for them!
Motshandi Mochandi607 2014/08/08 12:00:09 PM
And what was he supposed to do? Simply pass them, are they enemies?
Xolani Nyuswa 2014/08/08 12:10:33 PM
'Good morning I shot your daughter, daddy hold my hand'
Rory Beckett 2014/08/08 12:17:33 PM
Simple case of you do if u damn, u do if u don't.
Vander Merwe Bierman Martie597 2014/08/08 12:37:31 PM
Vasbyt Oscar. Ons glo aan jou onskuld en bid dat geregtigheid sal geskied.
Anita Zondagh 2014/08/08 01:45:03 PM
And now the Bible punching will start! #Justice for Reeva!
Christa Theart 2014/08/08 04:16:15 PM
Remember he took their precious daughter away from them. The hole in their hearts will never heal, no one can blame them. They have to live with the pain every day. To loose a child under circumstances like that is a terrible thing.
Shiham Emerald Deane Philander 2014/08/08 04:24:20 PM
June said she forgave OP, she must greet him. Justice for Reeva