SABC News - Protests expected at Pistorius court appearance:Tuesday 19 February 2013

Protests expected at Pistorius court appearance

Tuesday 19 February 2013 07:19


The paralympian athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend

The paralympian athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend.(SABC)

Protesters, media and the public will be out in force at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court today where Oscar Pistorius is due to apply for bail.


The paralympian athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp at his house in the east of Pretoria, last week.


Francis Baard and Sophie de Bruyn streets are expected to be abuzz with reporters and onlookers when Pistorius is brought to the court, later this morning.


Only a few people will be allowed into the courtroom, but outside the room scores will be hanging around, hoping to catch a glimpse of the athlete. Pistorius has been held at the Brooklyn police station since Friday.


The front entrance of the court will be crammed as reporters will strive to record as much footage, any sound they can get and even photos.


He could hide his face from cameras, but inside the courtroom Pistorius will be welcomed by more cameras and scores of journalists who also want their share of the 26-year-old sporting hero.


Meanwhile, uniformed police officers have gathered at the main entrance of the Brooklyn police station where Pistorius has been kept since Friday.


There is little movement outside the police station. Police officers in full uniform and private clothes can be seen loitering inside and outside the premise.


Some are already holding their files, which look like dockets for their daily cases and others are armed with assault rifles and shotguns.

Curious members of the public, passing near the media waiting outside the police station, had mixed feeling, about Pistorius.

Click below to watch latest update from SABC reporter Criselda Lewis.

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