Oscar trial: Steenkamps prepare for verdict

Reeva Steenkamp’s parents will travel to Gauteng today in anticipation of Thursday’s judgment.

Reeva Steenkamp's parents June (L) and Barry (R) attend the concluding arguments at the Pretoria High Court on 7 August 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Reeva Steenkamp's parents are preparing to travel to Gauteng today to attend Thursday's judgment in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Barry and June Steenkamp will be in the High Court in Pretoria tomorrow, along with several other relatives.

Reeva (29) was killed when her Paralympic boyfriend shot her four times through a closed bathroom door on Valentine's Day last year.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at the SA Sports Awards on 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station on February 14, 2013 in Pretoria East. Picture: AFP.

Pistorius maintains he mistook her for an intruder.

Through their attorney, Dup de Bruyn, the Steenkamps have made it clear they will not be commenting ahead of the verdict.

They have supported the judicial process throughout the six-month trial, with June attending most days of court proceedings.

Barry has only made one previous appearance in court, during the two days of closing arguments last month.

The parents are expected to be heavily supported in court.

Barry's brother Mike has confirmed to Eyewitness News that he and other relatives will also attend.

So too will with ANC Women's League.

The Steenkamp's advocate would be preparing them for what Judge Thokozile Masipa may decide and the possibility that Pistorius could be acquitted or convicted on a lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has warned space in the High Court will be limited on Thursday.

The murder trial is expected to receive more international attention when the ruling is made.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says two court rooms have been allocated for the proceedings.

"As previously arranged, members of the media would mainly be accommodated in the main court. I think we're going to reserve just one bench for members of the public. But in the other court, which is the overflow, unfortunately we don't have enough space so whoever comes first will get the first priority."