The State team will seek to persuade Judge Thokozile Masipa. Pistorious was originally convicted of manslaughter in 2014 but a higher court reversed that to murder last year. Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp, a law graduate and model, at his home and he said it was an accident after he mistook her for an intruder. Reeva’s parents had no reaction on the decision by the state to appeal. They are preoccupied instead and are focusing their energy on the upcoming official media launch of The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation on 19 August 2016‚ on what would have been Reeva’s 33rd birthday.