A celebrity television show yesterday aired haunting footage of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend speaking about the need to leave a positive mark on life, words laden with unintended poignancy two days after her shocking death.
"Not just your journey in life but the way that you go out and make your exit is so important, you have either made an impact in a positive way or a negative way," Reeva Steenkamp said in a snippet of a celebrity reality TV show set to air later yesterday.
The 29-year-old model and law-school graduate was shot four times at Pistorius' home in the early hours of Valentine's Day on Thursday.
Footage from Tropika Island of Treasure showed Steenkamp appearing contemplative and at ease with herself, sitting beneath a beachfront palm with her blonde hair tied back.
The reality show, shot on location, features the slain model as well as local personalities competing for 1 million rand (HK$885 million) in prize money. Producers decided not to shelve the show, instead painting its broadcast as a tribute to Steenkamp.
Pistorius remained in a police cell yesterday, charged with murdering Steenkamp in cold blood.
His uncle gave the strongest indication yet that the star athlete would plead not guilty to the charges against him.
"We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation and that the state's own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all," Arnold Pistorius said. "Oscar - as you can imagine - is also numb with shock as well as grief." The couple "had plans together".