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Oscar Pistorius (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

Oscar Pistorius (Nelius Rademan, Beeld) (Oscar Pistorius (Nelius Rademan, Beeld))

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Johannesburg - The legal team of murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius declined to comment on Monday on reports that the athlete is considering approaching the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to ease his bail conditions.

"I can't comment on that," said one of his lawyers, Brian Webber.

Meanwhile, journalists arrived at the Brooklyn police station, in Pretoria, on Monday morning in anticipation of Pistorius.

The athlete is expected to report to the small police station as part of his stringent bail conditions, which were set down by chief Magistrate Desmond Nair in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Before 10:00, local and international news crews had parked several vehicles including outside broadcast vans, along the busy Duxbury road, outside the police station.

Some journalists erected tents and gazebos with generators for back-up power outside the police station. Passing motorists slowed down, and a few asked if Pistorius had already checked in.

The Times reported on Monday that Pistorius's legal team was considering its position to approach the court.

"I have no comment on that at the present moment, unfortunately. We are still considering our position and this is really as much as I can say right now," his advocate Kenny Oldwage told the newspaper.

He did not specify which conditions were undesirable.

First weekend at home since shooting

He was ordered to report to the station twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.

The 2012 Paralympics 400m gold medallist has spent his first weekend at home, after being held for eight days at the police station.

He is charged with murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot at his home in Pretoria on 14 February.

In an affidavit submitted as part of his application for bail, Pistorius said he had thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

After listening to extensive argument, Nair ruled that the sprinter was not a flight risk, and that the State had not shown that he had a propensity for violence.

Pistorius was granted bail of R1m. He was allowed to pay an initial instalment of R100 000, with the balance due by 1 March.

The conditions of bail included that Pistorius not be charged with any offence relating to violence against women; not return to his home in Silver Woods country estate; not apply for travel documents; and not take banned substances or alcohol.

He would live at an undisclosed address until his next court appearance on 4 June.

Visit News24's Oscar Pistorius Special Report.

- SAPA
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