Yusuf Abramjee: Blood, bullets & bodies

I have seen the worst as a journalist - blood, bullets, bodies.

Over the years, I have been to many crime scenes. I've covered many court cases in my career.

Yesterday I attended the Oscar Pistorius trial in the North Gauteng High Court in my capacity as Vice-President of Crime Stoppers International (CSI) and Head of Crime Line. CSI President Alex McDonald from Bermuda joined me.

I can understand why the prosecution and defence asked that the evidence of the state pathologist, Professor Gert Saayman, not be broadcast 'live' on radio and television.

Graphic details were given of Reeva Steenkamp's injuries. Yes, it was very graphic.

As I sat in court, I could picture the gory details. At times it felt like a medical school lecture. It was also somewhat educational.

The evidence of the post-mortem results touched me deeply. It was heartbreaking and painful to hear just how badly Reeva was injured.

The pathologist described how the bullets entered Reeva's skull and other parts of her body.

Journalists are often regarded as hardened, but let's not forget we are human. We too have emotions.

The last time I felt so sad and devastated was when Zaheeda Sabadia was murdered, several years ago.

Her doctor husband, Omar Sabadia, hired hitmen to kill his wife. He is serving life in jail.

I covered Zaheeda's disappearance from day one. Several days later her decomposed body was found outside Pretoria. The trial lasted several weeks.

One can understand the pain and suffering Reeva's family and friends are going through - especially after yesterday's testimony.

I know that many journalists covering the Oscar trial were filled with sadness. Reeva suffered a gruesome and painful death.

Justice must take its course.

Yusuf Abramjee is the Head of news & current affairs at Primedia Broadcasting, Vice-President of Crime Stoppers International (CSI) and head of Crime Line. Follow him on Twitter: @Abramjee