Media 'harassing' witnesses in Pistorius trial

2014-03-02 07:24
Oscar Pistorius (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Some of the 107 State witnesses, including police officers, in the Oscar Pistorius murder case have complained of harassment at the hands of the international media who are accused of digging into their private lives.

According to the Sunday Times, one police officer said a number of state witnesses were upset at the antics of the press who have allegedly contacted family members in the hope of getting “dirt” on those expected to take to the stand in what is set to become a sensational trial.

The police officer raised questions however as to where the international media had obtained contact details of family members of these witnesses or whether they had secured the services of private detectives to track down the information. He also wondered whether it was a move on their part to rattle witnesses.

The world will be watching on Monday as Pistorius - once South Africa's golden boy - goes on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead in a toilet in Pistorius's Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. At his bail hearing, Pistorius's lawyer submitted he thought he was shooting an intruder.

Last week the North Gauteng High Court ruled that parts of the trial can be broadcast live on television, including opening and closing arguments and the evidence of all experts called to give evidence for the State. However, the evidence of Pistorius and his witnesses will not be broadcast.

Witnesses have at least 24 hours before taking the stand to object to audio-visual recording of their evidence.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  media  |  pistorius trial

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.