According to reports in international media, Oscar Pistorius has recently told his former headteacher Bill Schroder that all he needed was the forgiveness of the Steenkamp Family. Pistorius is serving a 13-year 5-months prison sentence for the crime. He fired four shots into the toilet cubicle at his home east of Pretoria, killing Reeva who was behind the door at the time. Although he never denied firing the shots, he still maintains that he mistook her for an intruder. Oscar senior says that his son would probably serve another 2 years in prison before being considered for parole.
Oscar’s father Henke Pistorius said his son has been begging for forgiveness since the murder of Reeva in 2013. The UK Sun however reported that Pistorius recently told Schroder that he urgently needed to tell June and Barry Steenkamp how sorry he was for what happened. Henke Pistorius responded to the rumours saying: “Oscar has already, from the start and over and over asked for forgiveness. He told the first witness who came on the scene how sorry he was. He asked everyone’s forgiveness and said he would work for the Lord for the rest of his life if Reeva’s life could be spared.”
Henke has not recently visited his son in Atteridgeville where he is imprisoned, due to strict Covid-19 restrictions. Pistorius senior said that when he did see Oscar, Oscar always said: “I am sorry, dad”. “He has begged so many times for forgiveness. This thing is torturing him.”
According to their attorney, the Steenkamps however did not wish to comment on the claims that the disgraced former olympic athlete wanted their forgiveness for killing their beloved daughter. Kim Martin, Reeva’s cousin, could not be reached for comment but her husband confirmed that the family would not comment any further.