Reality Show With Pistorius Girlfriend Will Still Air

South Africans can watch tonight
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2013 9:00 AM CST
Reality Show With Pistorius Girlfriend Will Still Air
Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria on Friday.   (AP Photo/Antione de Ras - Independent Newspapers Ltd South Africa)

The reality show featuring the slain girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius will air as scheduled tonight on South African television, just two days after she was shot to death, reports the Independent. The national broadcaster explains that Tropika Island of Treasure will serve as a tribute to Reeva Steenkamp because every frame "shines with her light," and "we feel it would be an injustice to keep that unknown from those who did not know her personally."

If it smacks of an insensitive ratings ploy, her family doesn't seem to mind. A cousin tells the AP that while they were not consulted, they don't object to the show airing because Steenkamp was so proud of it. "Her last words to us personally was that she wants us to watch it." An uncle of Pistorius, meanwhile, says the double-amputee Olympian is "numb with shock as well as grief," reports AP. The uncle also strongly rejected allegations that Pistorius killed Steenkamp in an act of premeditated murder. The athlete remains in jail pending a bail hearing on Tuesday. (More Reeva Steenkamp stories.)

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