25 February 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial to Be Televised in Part

Photo: Werner Beukes/Sapa
Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius in court.

The North Gauteng High Court has ruled on Tuesday that Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial will be televised in part with conditions.

Pistorius's trail is set to start on 3 March 2014.

The application to film the proceedings was brought by news channel eNCA, joined by media houses MultiChoice and Eyewitness News.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo approved media's application to broadcast but with strict conditions. Media will be allowed to broadcast the opening argument for the State and defence, expert evidence, testimony of police and all consenting State witnesses.

He said there will be no close ups and recording of private conversations.

Mlambo permitted the use of small, unmanned spy cameras to be fitted in the courtroom. The cameras will be installed where they will not interfere with proceedings.

There will be no recordings of personal legal discussions and no recordings when court is not session.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013 at his home in the east of Pretoria.

Copyright © 2014 SAnews.gov.za. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.