Pistorius trial: Final tech tests underway

Final equipment tests are being conducted ahead of the live broadcast of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius during his court appearance at the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 19 August 2013: Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The final technical tests of equipment are being conducted at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, which begins on Monday.

MultiChoice and Eyewitness News obtained a court order this week, granting the media permission to broadcast the trial.

Pistorius shot and killed and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria-East home on the morning of Valentine's Day last year.

While he claims it was a case of mistaken identity, the state will argue it was murder.

Court D on the ground floor of the High Court has been fitted with state-of-the-art technology no other courtroom in the country has seen before.

At the back and centre of the room is one of the small remotely controlled high definition spy cameras.

Two more of these devices have been mounted to the left and right of where Judge Thokozile Masipa will sit.

The front row of benches in the gallery has been reserved for friends and family of both Pistorius and Steenkamp.

Three rows will seat 80 journalists, with 40 from South Africa and another 40 international reporters.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and investigating officer Mike van Aardt were seen chatting in the courtroom, inspecting the site where they'll be based for the next few weeks.