Media keeps watch at Pretoria cop shop

2013-02-18 12:45
Oscar Pistorius (File, AP)

Oscar Pistorius (File, AP)

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Pretoria - A large media contingent kept watch outside Brooklyn police station, in Pretoria, on Monday, for people visiting murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Close to 20 journalists from local and international media houses tried to catch a glimpse of Pistorius's relatives before his bail application in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

United States television station NBC stored its equipment under gazebos opposite the building overnight and hired a security guard to keep watch.

Its journalists were seen setting up their equipment shortly before noon.

Motorists passing the police station slowed down to look at the media. One man shouted "Oscar" from his car as he drove by.

Pistorius, 26, who is accused of murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was arrested shortly after the fatal shooting at his Pretoria home early on Thursday morning.

Steenkamp’s body back home

He has since been charged with Steenkamp's murder and is expected to bring a formal bail application when he makes his second court appearance on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Steenkamp's family said her body was back in her coastal hometown of Port Elizabeth. A private funeral was scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

Her brother Adam told The Associated Press: "Reeva is back home."

Steenkamp was seen laughing and smiling on Saturday night when the SABC aired the first episode of a reality television show in which she was featured.

Her family said it did not oppose the broadcast because Steenkamp had wanted people to see it. A tribute to her was shown before the episode.

A fellow contestant on the Tropika Island of Treasure 5 show told AP Television News that Steenkamp "was always making sure everyone was OK".

"Fun, crazy, loving, beautiful, gorgeous. She really was an angel and I still haven't come to terms with what happened," said Katleho Molai.

"I haven't really eaten, I'm struggling to sleep. So it's been really hard to come to terms with what's happened to her," Molai said.

Visit News24's Oscar Pistorius Special Report.

- SAPA
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