It’s been nine years since Reeva Steenkamp was brutally killed by her then-boyfriend and former professional sprinter Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day in 2013. The murder shook South Africa, and it’s still embedded in the minds of millions across the world.
In Women’s Month, which falls on Reeva’s birthday month, M-Net (DStv Channel 101) will exclusivley air three-part documentary My Name is Reeva, on Thursdays, from 25 August to 8 September at 20:30. Through intimate interviews with Reeva’s loved ones, the docuseries follows her life, the events that took place on the fateful night, and the effects that her death had on those who were close to her.
Watch My Name is Reeva, Thursdays from 25 August to 8 September on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 20:30, and all three parts will be available on Catch Up.
Behind the story
In the docuseries, Reeva’s parents Barry and June Steenkamp seek justice for their daughter death and having agreed to an audience ahead of Oscar’s parole hearing, they want answers: why did this senseless murder happen at all? My Name is Reeva attempts to answer this question, but more importantly, it explores Reeva’s triumphs in the face of adversity, her fullness, her beauty and her humanness.
The docuseries is co-produced by two-time SAFTA-nominated director, producer and writer Warren Batchelor of WB Productions and David Taylor, and the script is written by SAFTA-winner Justin Strydom. Barry and June reveal that they support the project. “We fully endorse Warren and his team to bring out the truth in this documentary and show the world who Reeva really was,” they state.
Co-presidents of production company Cactus Tree Entertainment Benn Watson and Liz Levenson echo the Steenkamps’ comments. “Too often, and especially in this case, the victims of crimes are overlooked. Along with our amazing production partners and the Steenkamp family, we are honoured to be able to bring this story to screen.”
Jan du Plessis, Director of Content from M-Net, says: “M-Net thanks Cactus Tree Entertainment, Bloodrose Productions, and Australia’s Global City Group for highlighting this project to us. Our channel mission is to broadcast programmes of the highest personal interest and best production quality. We are sure that My Name is Reeva will bring many viewers to understand the vital full story of a major South African life event.”
Jo Dillon, CEO of Global City Group adds: “We thank fellow Australian, Benn, and his partner Liz for putting together this amazing global group project to tell the true and intimate story of one of the most notorious and shocking murders.”