Her name is Reeva

 Her name is Reeva

Reeva Steenkamp

Not ‘Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend’

Not ‘model’

Not ‘reality TV star’

Her name is Reeva 

Her name is Reeva

She was not just a model

But also a campaigner against violence

She was not just a reality TV star

But also a law graduate

The story is about her killing

Not about his fame

Or it should be

Her name is Reeva 

His name is Oscar

Oscar Pistorius

And every news report calls him that

Her name is Reeva

Sometimes mentioned

But only after ‘his model girlfriend’

He slept with guns

She is one of fifty victims of homicide every day in South Africa 

Her name is Reeva

She is a woman

A person in her own right

Not the appendage of the celebrity who killed her

Even now she is dead

She still has a name

Use it please

Janine Booth

About womensfightback17

Women’s Fightback is a socialist feminist paper and blog produced by members and supporters of the socialist group Workers' Liberty. Workers’ Liberty is a revolutionary socialist organisation fighting as part of the labour and student movements, and in campaigns, for a socialist alternative to capitalism, based on common ownership and democracy.

One comment

  1. South Africa is currently the rape and domestic violence capital of the world. Reeva was murdered on Valentine’s day which is also V day, a global activist day to stop violence against women. Draw from that what conclusions you may.

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