Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Five, Day Four

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Under pummelling cross-examination, Oscar Pistorius admitted Thursday that he had "no reason" to fire the shots that killed Reeva Steenkamp, as ... ( Resource: Pistorius at Trial Admits 'No Reason' to Fire Fatal Shots

The 20th day of the Pistorius murder trial. REBECCA DAVIS is in Pretoria taking notes at the North Gauteng High Court, while the rest of the Daily Maverick's staff is jolling at the Lyric Theatre for the Gathering conference. The only voices we're hearing today are those of Oscar Pistorius and the state's Gerrie Nel, in their ongoing adversarial dance.

09.00 We're braced for the second day of Gerrie Nel's cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius, though it already feels like we've been hearing it for a lot longer. Part of the buzz in the courtroom this morning is due to an exclusive interview (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/oscar-pistorius-trial-reeva-steenkamps-3394429) given by Reeva Steenkamp's mother June to British tabloid The Mirror, in which she labelled Pistorius the Devil, said she was unmoved by his apology on the stand, and added that she couldn't tell if he was acting in court.

June Steenkamp also said that she thought it was important that she kept attending court, and sitting front and centre, so that Pistorius could see her eyes boring into her.

Pistorius has problems of his own beyond Steenkamp's steely gaze. Among them, lawyers seem agreed that he is simply talking too much on the stand, delivering long...

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