Crowd sings outside court at Oscar trial

2014-09-11 12:16
Picket by members of the ANC Women's League outside the North Gauteng High Court while judgment is handed down in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. (Picture: SAPA)

Picket by members of the ANC Women's League outside the North Gauteng High Court while judgment is handed down in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. (Picture: SAPA)

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Pretoria - A crowd began singing outside the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday as they awaited the ruling in paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

"We are here to support [the] women of South Africa. We are not happy about what happened to Reeva," said Siyabangena crime fighting co-ordinator Jeremiah Ramohapi.

The group was made up of crime patrollers from around Gauteng.

They were singing with the ANC Women's League who were also gathered outside the court, in support of the family of Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, flanked by two assessors, began handing down judgment on Thursday morning.

Pistorius, aged 27, said he thought an intruder was behind the door of the toilet in his Pretoria home when he shot through it. He fired four times, killing Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.

The State argued the murder was premeditated.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and to three firearm-related charges.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  thokozile masipa  |  pistorius trial

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