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.
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