How to follow the Oscar Pistorius trial online

Oscar Pistorius during his bail hearing (image: file)

In what is being billed as South Africa’s version of the infamous O.J Simpson trial, double-amputee Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial will take place in the Gauteng Division of the High Court this week.

Pistorius was charged with murder after the shooting death of his girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013, when he fired several rounds through a closed bathroom door – believing her to be an intruder. While Pistorius admitted to discharging his weapon, he has vehemently denied that it was premeditated. For his actions, he will also stand trial on two additional charges of firing a gun in a public space.

Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius. (Image source: Google/
Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius. (Image source: Google/

South African media houses have been granted the right to broadcast court proceedings live, and several local radio and TV stations have taken advantage of the opportunity.

There are several options available for eager followers, with different news sources covering the event from all angles. South Africa’s News24 is in the courtroom, broadcasting a live video feed on Youtube .

Dstv’s dedicated Pistorius channel can be found here, but users will need to have a subscription to the service. The channel also sports a Twitter account, that can be followed for minute-to-minute updates here. The U.K’s Telegraph have a live video feed on their website here, while The Mirror also has a live feed, accompanied by a live Twitter updates. 

Other international news outlets, such as CNN, BBC, and Sky News will all be covering Pistorius’ first day in court.

For users on Twitter, @oscartrial199, #OscarPistorius, #OscarTrial, and #Pistorius will be your main port of call.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor