June, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, (L) is seen with African National Congress Women's League spokesperson Jackie Mofokeng at the murder trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria, Friday, 11 April 2014. Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP/Pool


Pretoria - The ANC Women's League is footing the bill for June Steenkamp's travel and accommodation costs, allowing her to attend the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

“She will attend the trial for as long as the ANC Women's League is able to pay for her travel and accommodation costs,” Steenkamp's lawyer, Dup de Bruyn, told the Afrikaans daily.

Pistorius is charged with the murder of her daughter, Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot dead on Valentine's Day last year. He has pleaded not guilty in the High Court in Pretoria, saying the shooting was an accident.

Gauteng ANCWL spokeswoman Jacqui Mofokeng confirmed to Beeld that they were paying with the help of the Progressive Women's Movement of SA and individual donations.

“We are doing this so that she can get some closure,” said Mofokeng.

Steenkamp lives in Port Elizabeth.

Her husband is not attending the trial, so the ANCWL is also helping to pay for the costs of her friend, Jenny Strydom. - Sapa