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ANCWL protest outside Pistorius trial

Demonstrators protested in support of Reeva Steenkamp’s family.

ANC Women's League member sing outside the Pretoria High Court ahead of the first day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on 3 March 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

PRETORIA - A group of ANC Women's League (ANCWL) members on Monday protested outside the North Gauteng High Court where Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is appearing on murder and gun-related charges.

Oscar Pistorius walks past June Steenkamp as he entered court ahead of the first day of his murder trial on 3 March 2014. Picture: Sapa.

The athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on 14 February 2013.

Monday morning's protest was short and took place just before proceedings started.

Members of the public who gathered outside the Pretoria court earlier have also left.

ANCWL demonstrators said they gathered outside court to support the Steenkamp family and to oppose violence against women and children.

Reeva Steenkamp's motherJune sobs during the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in the court on 3 March 2014. Picture: Pool

Gauteng ANCWL spokesperson Jackie Mofokeng also attended the march.

There are two police vans parked in front of the court and traffic has returned to normal following several delays in and around the area this morning.

Meanwhile, the Commission for Gender Equality is also attending the trial.

Spokesperson Javu Baloyi says he's here to ensure the rights of both the Pistorius and Steenkamp families are protested in terms of the Constitution.

He says the commission is satisfied with the media coverage so far, even though there were concerns at first.

"We believed that this case was no longer about Reeva Steenkamp who had been killed, it was about Oscar Pistorius. But now, things have changed. Reeva is being mentioned - she was the one who lost her life."