Pickets and press scrum outside court as Pistorius appears

PRETORIA - Members of the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League picketed on Tuesday outside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, demanding that bail be denied for Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius as he made another court appearance.

He has been charged with the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate who was shot dead at his home in Pretoria last Thursday.

Her funeral, a private family ceremony, was to take place in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Mr Pistorius was brought to court early on Tuesday from the Brooklyn police station, where he had been held since his first appearance on Friday.

Security officers shouted at members of the local and world media pushing to enter the court, although Mr Pistorius was brought in through a different entrance from the one used on Friday, mostly escaping the glare of international publicity.

The ANC Women’s League group was carrying placards denouncing the sport star, who was sneaked into the court earlier to avoid the large numbers of journalists covering the story.

Some of the larger placards read "Pistorius must rot in jail" and "No violence against women". Others read: "No to killing of women and children".

"No bail for Pistorius, no bail," a woman at the front of the group chanted, before the group joined in.

Businessman Kenny Kunene got a hero’s welcome on Tuesday and was ushered in by security guards. He was also in court last week and has visited Mr Pistorius at the Brooklyn police station.

Forensic expert Reggie Perumal also arrived at court, carrying what appeared to be a large map. The defence team was believed to have prepared a PowerPoint presentation in their bail application for Mr Pistorius.

During his emotional first court appearance on Friday, Mr Pistorius heard that the state intended arguing a case of premeditated murder against him.

The court also heard that the bail proceedings would be taken up with argument on whether the crime he was charged with fell under section five or six of the Criminal Procedure Act. If it is the latter, Mr Pistorius’s lawyer, Barry Roux, has to show exceptional circumstances for him to be released on bail. - Business Day

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