Sea of journalists at Pistorius's murder trial

By Drum Digital
03 March 2014

A sea of warmly-dressed journalists stood outside the High Court in Pretoria on Monday anxiously waiting for the start of paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

The early-morning rain had stopped by 8am and about 100 journalists were waiting outside the court entrance talking and milling around.

They had not yet been allowed in.

The road outside the court was still open and traffic was flowing.

A handful of police officers stood watch nearby, as a drone was being used for aerial shots.

Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home last year. He faces charges of premeditated murder and contravening the Firearms Control Act in a trial which is expected to last at least three weeks.

The proceedings in the wood-panelled courtroom will be broadcast live on television and radio, with the initial indictment listing 107 witnesses to testify for the State. The trial was due to start at 10am.

- SAPA

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