Women's rights activists and members of the public have expressed their dismay at the screening of an reality TV show featuring Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot.
Rachel Jewkes, a gender and health researcher at the South African Medical Research Council said the clips were particularly insensitive in a country where a woman is estimated to be killed by her partner, every eight hours. She told Reuters:
There was a big question about whether it should have been shown at all, or whether they were trying to get audience ratings off the fact she had died.
Many South Africans thought the decision not to delay the show until after the funeral was wrong. Many took issue with the tribute aired before the show.
Insurance consultant Montle Ndlovu, said:
It was very insensitive to put it on air before she was even buried. It's such a sad story. She was young and pretty and had her whole life in front of her.
Kathleho Molai, a contestant on the Tropika Island of Treasure reality TV programme, has paid tribute to fellow contestant Reeva Steenkamp. Watching the first episode of the new season, she spoke of how caring and fun Steenkamp was on the Jamaican island where the show was filmed. She said:
"She was our mum. I mean, she was always making sure that everyone was okay. She was fun. She had this crazy laugh... She was a lot of fun to be around."
South African broadcaster SABC just showed tribute to Reeva Steenkamp before the broadcast of a reality show that she featured in.
She talks of "falling in love with Jamaica" where the show was filmed, and reflects on exit from the show.
"Always be true to yourself. I'm going to miss you all so much" says Reeva Steenkamp after departing show.
"I'm going to miss you all so much. I'm going to love you very, very much" says Reeva Steenkamp as she exits 'Tropika Island of Treasure.'
Reeva Steenkamp's cousin Sharon said the family had not been consulted by about the screening of a reality TV in which she features this evening, but said they are not against it.
Sharon said the family had not been contact by the show's producers, or the South Africa's national broadcaster SABC.
The show, Tropika Island of Treasure, will be shown on SABC tonight. Sharon said she the family did not object to the show being aired because "Reeva was proud of her role." She said:
Her last words to us personally was that she wants us to watch it.
South Africa's national broadcaster SABC says it will screen a reality TV show featuring Reeva Steenkamp this evening, as planned.
The show's executive producer, Samantha Moon, said Steenkamp's family wants the show to go ahead. Moon said that the family "wants it on. This is how they want to remember her".