South African TV channel defends broadcast of Reeva Steenkamp's reality series

reevaThe South African channel that went ahead in airing the reality series featuring the late Reeva Steenkamp has defended its decision.

SABC broadcast the first episode of Tropika Island of Treasure on Saturday, just days after news broke of Steenkamp’s death in the home of Oscar Pistorius.

Samathna Moon, the show’s producer, told the BBC: “I took it after consultation with her family.

“The feeling was that this is an amazing woman who you don’t have very much in the public domain except for the work she was most well-known for… which is her modelling work.”

She continued: “We felt that it was important for people to know that there was more to the narrative of Reeva than an exceptionally beautiful girl in a bikini, that she was strong and vibrant and funny and lovely and that this is a tragedy on an unspeakable level.”

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