THIS is a very painful happening (the Oscar Pistorius case and Reeva Steenkamp's killing) and brings back my pain from so many years ago.
The press used their stories, which were most of the time not backed up with truth but negative and horrid stories from the public who didn't even know me or if they knew me, didn't know my personal situation in detail.
People and the press pounced like a pack of wolves and vultures baying for blood.
I had four little children at the time and nobody gave them a second thought as to the total pain and bewilderment they were experiencing.
I never had abused woman's organisations' help or shelter as they have today. There was no law to protect me so my fight was that much harder and the press made it worse.
I feel deeply for Oscar and his pain, also for his family.
I also feel for Reeva's family and may she rest in peace.
Why do the press and public want to crucify someone when they don't know what happened truthfully? My case was heightened as well at the time because there were a few women who had caused the death of their partners at that time in and around the Eastern Cape.
So I was the latest and boy, did the press and public do their best to destroy me. I was a guinea pig.
Oscar is facing the same unfortunate happening – following Anene Booysen's death, so the public and press associate him with that too. There is no proof of him abusing Reeva, so why connect him to abuse?
I just feel very affected and heartsore with all of this.
I hope Oscar has the best team of legal people, like I had, and he fights the vultures and scandalmongers.
People and press do not have to be so cruel and unkind when they don't know what is going on.
Connie Hall, Port Elizabeth