Media scrum ahead of Pistorius hearing

2013-02-19 09:10

Pretoria - Security officers shouted at local and international media pushing to get into the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday ahead of paralympian Oscar Pistorius's bail application.

He has been charged with the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was brought to court early from the Brooklyn police cells where he had been in custody since his first appearance on Friday.

He was brought in through a different entrance to the one used on Friday, mostly escaping the glare of international publicity.


His family, including sister Aimee, who was looking composed in the fray, and a cousin, were among the first to push through the throng at the security scanners.

Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, was shot dead at Pistorius's home in Silver Woods country estate in Pretoria last Thursday.

Her funeral takes place in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. Her body was flown down to the coastal town for a private family ceremony.

Steenkamp reportedly started dating Pistorius at the end of last year, the two being photographed at local red carpet events.

A campaign on Facebook was doing the rounds with pictures of Steenkamp circulating, urging people to "like" the pictures in her memory.

At the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, people with court business not associated with double amputee medal winner Pistorius, were allowed through first, and the media, desperate for one of the 25 places set aside for them, sprinted to the court room once through the security check.

Other people expected in the court are representatives of the Commission for Gender Equality who said on Monday they would be monitoring the case.

During his emotional first court appearance, Pistorius heard that the State intended arguing a case of pre-meditated murder against him.

On Friday, the court heard that the bail proceedings would be taken up with argument on whether the crime he is charged with falls under sections five or six of the Criminal Procedure Act.

If it is the latter, his lawyer Barry Roux has to show exceptional circumstances for him to be released on bail.

- Visit News24's Oscar Pistorius Special Report.

  • hilton.rudman - 2013-02-19 09:17

    And Anene Booysen's story fades into the abyss. That is media for you I guess.. :\

  • jbooyse - 2013-02-19 09:17

    "Copy and Paste"... 99% of this article has been published before News24.

  • kazzara - 2013-02-19 09:17

    why all this media attention,sies!a man shot a woman dead!no special treatment,or is it a different type of murder?when a celebrity kills someone?wtf Kenny Kunene doing their?

  • nick.nortje.12 - 2013-02-19 09:19

    What about the rhinos?

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-02-19 09:58

      @nick:)are equating human life with rhinoceros? Are they so important to you? Shame on you!

  • liam.dafydd - 2013-02-19 09:19

    Why is her Facebook page worth mentioning? Useless info N24. FFS!

  • TOM CARRINGTON - 2013-02-19 09:19

    everyone wants a piece of the cake

  • QuestionSam - 2013-02-19 09:22

    Geez people, this is not a reality TV show. Amazing how one person get so much attention and all the other murders in the country is "yesterday's news" ie. 4 shot at mines, farm murders, rapes etc list goes on.

  • antonofafrica - 2013-02-19 09:23

    Maybe 2 trolleys of Mielies will be needed today...

  • MarkH - 2013-02-19 09:24

    South Africans always scrum - it's 2nd nature

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-19 09:27

    This will be one of the biggest trials in SA history

  • the.skivvys - 2013-02-19 09:31

    Put him in solitary with a gun

  • the.skivvys - 2013-02-19 09:31

    Put him in solitary with a gun

  • vincent.maadi - 2013-02-19 09:36

    Scores of people are murdered in SA on daily basis but they never receive even a brief mention in the media. This fellow Piss-Torius, was made by the media into a saint and now the same media will bring him down. He should never have been made into a God, then he would never have suffered arrogance and self conceit.

      Irene Kambo - 2013-02-19 09:59

      Yes Saint Vincent! You seem to know ALL about it !

  • johan.jacobs.5268 - 2013-02-19 09:38

    Now that is what I call media frenzy. Geez, they look like bunch of vulturous ready to devour a carcass.

  • Diran Pillay - 2013-02-19 09:43

    you all are wandering why is the media paying so much attention to this case? The world is watching and theres money to be made.Pictures,videos,stories.It's a media payday

  • Wike Mood - 2013-02-19 09:45

    yes oscar,you CAN run,but you cant hide.

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