Pistorius trial, day 1 - build up - as it happened

2014-03-03 06:31
Oscar Pistorius (File, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius (File, AFP)

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INFOGRAPHIC: The State vs Oscar Pistorius

2014-03-02 21:46

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel is set to take on murder-accused Oscar Pistorius and his legal team. See an infographic on the key figures of the Oscar Pistorius trial. VIEW

Monday starts probably the biggest murder trial in South Africa this year as Oscar Pistorius faces murder charges for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

The trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria starts just over a year after the death of Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day. 

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.

Get the latest updates here.

9:36 - Maybe the State will start calling witnesses today. Pathologist Prof Gert Saayman is there, says Barry Bateman. Cellphone analyst Captain Francois Moller, head of the Investigative Psychology Unit Gerard Labuschagne, are also there.

9:35 - The Myers family - who Reeva lived with in months before her death - has arrived in court.

9:33 - The Pistorius and Steenkamp families are on the same bench in the court. 

9:31 - 10 TV screens have been setup to show evidence and related info to the accused, legal teams, judge and media.

9:28 - Asked Carl Pistorius, sitting directly in front of me, how he's feeling, tweets The Guardian's David Smith. He opened his palms and said nothing. Sister Aimee is next to him. Carl tweeted this earlier: 


9:08 - Another of OP's lawyers, Kenny Oldwage, has arrived. That's all of them. 

9:07 -  Pistorius is set to come face-to-face with Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, for the first time in the North Gauteng High Court.

9:05 - OP's (yeah, we're going to start using this acronym for Pistorius now) lawyer Barry Roux has also arrived: 

9:03 - Yowzers. That's quite a crowd.

8:58 - Cellphone analyst Captain Francois Moller, head of the Investigative Psychology Unit Gerard Labuschagne, are also there.

8:57 - Reeva's mum is at court with Advocate Dup de Bruin SC.

8:54 - MultiChoice has launched The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel on DStv Channel 199, and this is how you can watch it online.


8:47 - The Steenkamps have just arrived at court. Lots of pushing and shoving by media.

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8:40 - Investigating Officer Mike van Aardt and Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo, who headed the investigation team, have arrived at court. Find out more about Moonoo here.


8:29 - Reporter Phillip de Wet tweets: Major news on Oscar Pistorius so far: the misty rain in Pretoria has ruined some *very* nice hairdos.

8:28 - If ever there was doubt that the Oscar Pistorius murder trial was a truly global story, a drive past the North Gauteng High Court this weekend might have put paid to it. From Saturday, local and international media outlets began staking out their turf, erecting tents and stationing TV satellite vans. 

Broadcasters who hadn’t bagged one of the coveted spots across from the courthouse entrance were by Sunday afternoon relegated to increasingly less desirable positions. 

It’s clear, folks. Just a few months after Mandela’s death brought them flocking, the circus is back in town again, Rebecca Davis writes for the Daily Maverick.

8:14 - Every. Single. Newspaper. 

8:08 - Court staff say the courtroom is still being vacuumed as “it's filthy from the rigging of broadcast gear”.

7:59 - WOW. 


7:53 - "There is a real creepy little camera drone flying above #Pistorius court. I *think* it's a camera. Either that or Russia is about to bomb us," tweets Rebecca Davis.

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7:45 -


7:41 - The BBC's Andrew Harding says he has seen one Oscar Pistorius lawyer so far. He also notes that there is no sign of "vast crowds/shoving/chaos" like there was at the bail hearing last year. The live broadcast from court is surely helping keep the chaos at bay. 

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7:25 - 

7:23 - Rebecca Davis tweets her taxi driver's thoughts: "They must just send him to jail. You cannot kill a person like that."

7:20 - Broadcast vans and marquee tents lined Madiba Street from the early hours of the morning, with local and international journalists preparing for live broadcasts in rainy weather.


7:14 - The streets look a bit slick...

7:10 - Explosives team and a sniffer dog have arrived ahead of the trial. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is also there already. Three hours early.

7:01 - Pistorius is expected to enter the high court through a side door and not the main door. Expect a media frenzy.

6:58 - This is true. 

6:50 - Yes, you can get ALL the Pistorius trial coverage here. Find out more his defence lawyer, Barry Roux, Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa and prosecutor Gerrie Nel. You can also see a timeline of all the events.

6:47 - The court where it will all take place...


6:43 - This was the scene yesterday (Sunday). Imagine it's worse now.

6:39 - Pistorius has been holed up at a sprawling family estate in the upmarket suburb of Waterkloof in Pretoria since being released on bail last year - an estate that reportedly boasts a triple-storied house with 24 rooms.

According to the Sunday Times, the mansion belongs to Pistorius's uncle, Arnold Pistorius, and was originally the Dutch Reformed Church rectory.

A security guard is posted at the entrance to the property - in a suburb considered “old money” - and safeguards the family’s privacy.

6:36 - As State prosecutor Gerrie Nel takes on Pistorius and his legal team, the Paralympian’s future could hinge on a toilet door. 

Some experts not involved in the case say the double-amputee runner could still be vulnerable to a homicide conviction even if he is acquitted of murdering his girlfriend.

That's because, they say, he violated the most basic tenets of gun-handling by shooting into a closed door without knowing - at least, by his account - who was behind it.

Read more here

6:33 - Proceedings are set to start at 10:00 today (Monday). Reeva's mom, June Steenkamp, is set to be there.

6:31 - Dozens of media people have already set up vans and outside studios and already started their live broadcasts to the world.

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