Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

19 March 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Three, Day Three

Photo: Werner Beukes/Sapa
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in court (file photo).

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It's the thirteenth day of the Pistorius trial, but despite that inauspicious number, it may be a lucky one for any witnesses nervous of the heat of media attention. Whatever the state's ballistics expert produces today, the really explosive news of the day will be taking place just a few kilometres down the road from the North Gauteng High Court, when Thuli Masonsela releases her report on Nkandla.

Who had a more uneasy night's sleep: ANC strategists, or Barry Roux's next victim? REBECCA DAVIS waits to see.

09.00 It's Wednesday in the all-too familiar Courtroom GD, or as we like to call it, 'home'. We expect that in South Africa at least, public attention will be diverted firmly from this court from midday onwards, to attend to the Public Protector's report. We'll be doing our bit to stay focused.

Matters will be resuming here with the evidence of Captain Christian Mangena, the state's ballistics expert, who concluded yesterday by giving us Pistorius's measurements on his prosthetics and without. We'll be hearing more today about the angle and direction from which the state thought Pistorius's fired....

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