Carl Pistorius case 'in public interest'

2013-03-27 11:29
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Carl Pistorius, the brother of murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius, is in court for culpable homicide charges. See the latest pictures here.

Johannesburg - Public broadcaster SABC brought an application before the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to broadcast the case of Carl Pistorius, brother of paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Carl Pistorius is facing a culpable homicide charge after an accident in 2008 that led to the death of a 36-year-old woman.

Advocate Joe Nalane, for the SA Broadcasting Corporation, said the case was in the public interest and that Carl Pistorius was a high profile person.

"It is of important concern that matters of this concern be broadcast," he said.

'Sensationalism'

However magistrate Buks du Plessis asked if the case would still be of interest if Oscar Pistorius was not charged with the murder of his girlfriend, law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp.

"That unfortunate event enhanced the interest in this matter," Nalane responded.

Prosecutor Johan Venter opposed the application, saying it was not in the public interest.

"This has nothing to do with public education. It is about sensationalism... What sells stories and advertising."

He said the matter should be dealt with like any other.

Pistorius family attorney Kenny Oldwage also opposed the application, saying he had been involved with the case from the onset and was not aware of media interest prior to Oscar Pistorius's case.

Broadcasting the case would impose on Carl's right to a fair trial, he said.

"It is common cause that he is here because he is the brother of Oscar."

Media interest

Oldwage said the media interest in Oscar Pistorius's case made it difficult for the legal team to do its work.

He quoted from Pretoria magistrate Desmond Nair's bail judgment, in which Oscar Pistorius was granted R1m bail, saying the media interest had created a "different species".

"We were overwhelmed by the media. It was difficult to do our job. Do we want another species to be created?"

Oldwage added that Nalane "ambushed" him with the application on Wednesday morning. He said Oscar Pistorius's image should not extend to Carl and that culpable homicide was a serious charge.

Carl's appearance comes a day before Oscar Pistorius is expected to challenge the bail conditions the Pretoria Magistrate's Court imposed on him.

- SAPA
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