Tropika Island's Reeva Steenkamp. Photo: AP
A celebrity TV show has aired haunting footage of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend speaking about the need to leave a positive mark on life, words laden with unintended poignancy two days after her shocking death.
''Not just your journey in life but the way that you go out and make your exit is so important; you have either made an impact in a positive way or a negative way,'' Reeva Steenkamp said in a snippet of a celebrity reality TV show set to air in full later on Saturday.
The 29-year-old model and law school graduate was shot four times at Pistorius' home in the early hours of Valentine's Day on Thursday in a case that shocked the country and topped news broadcasts around the world.
Pistorius - a national luminary who inspired people around the world when he became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympic Games last year - remained in a police cell on Saturday, charged with murdering his girlfriend in cold blood.
On Saturday, television offered the world a better glimpse of the less well-known half of the couple.
Footage from Tropika Island of Treasure showed Steenkamp appearing contemplative and at ease with herself, sitting beneath a beach-front palm, dressed in a strappy top and a yellow and black bikini, with her blonde hair tied back.
The footage shows Steenkamp swimming in Jamaica with dolphins and smiling broadly as she floats down the jungle-flanked Martha Brae River on a punted bamboo raft.
At one point, looking deep into the camera, she also offered some advice to the up to 3 million people who watch the show every week. ''Just maintain integrity and maintain class and just always be true to yourself,'' she said. ''I'm going to miss you all so much.''
The reality show, shot on location, features the slain model as well as several local personalities competing for 1 million rand ($110,000) prizemoney.
Producers decided not to shelve the show, instead painting its broadcast as a tribute to Steenkamp. ''She was happy, healthy, beautiful and vibrant and that's the way she should be remembered,'' executive producer Samantha Moon said. In an earlier statement, Moon said the decision to broadcast Tropika Island of Treasure 5 was taken after ''much deliberation''.
''This week's episode will be dedicated to Reeva's memory.''
The show will be broadcast on state television channel SABC1 after Steenkamp's mother had given the showing her blessing.
Meanwhile, forensics teams are working at Pistorius' home to try to establish what took place before and after Steenkamp was shot in the head and hand. Pistorius' defence team is preparing for a bail hearing that will begin on Tuesday.