Oscar Trial: Reeva's hometown closes its ranks

Friends and family are choosing not to comment on the trial or anything related to it.

Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche

PORT ELIZABETH - In Port Elizabeth (PE), where Reeva Steenkamp spent most of her childhood years, people have closed ranks and are refusing to be drawn on the case.

Steenkamp was shot and killed by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius at his Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.

The double-amputee says he fired the shots through the door into the toilet cubicle in the mistaken belief he was defending himself from a burglar.

But the state believes he killed her in a fit of rage following an argument.

Far away from the media frenzy in Pretoria, the PE community has chosen to remain quiet when referring to what happened.

Her family has also decided not to comment about the law graduate.

When Eyewitness News visited the Steenkamp family's small pub called The Barking Spider, in Greenbushes just outside PE, the model's aunt said that she had been instructed by Steenkamp's mother, June, not to speak to media.

The model's half-brother Adam, who lives in London, will not be coming home for the judgment.

It's also understood her immediate family who still live in the area will all be traveling to Pretoria for the judgment.

Video: Judgement to be handed down on 11 September.

PISTORIUS DOMINATING THE HEADLINES

The blanket of newspapers that covers a section of the pavement along Madiba Street near the High Court reflects just one story, Pistorus's judgment day.

Across the road banks of bright LED lights illuminate makeshift studios that are connected to the satellite trucks that line the street, their dishes pointed skyward.

Hundreds of reporters from around the world have converged on the High Court in Pretoria for the story that will dominate global headlines.

The Tshwane metro police in yellow and orange reflective vests have laid cones down to close the far left lane of the road, making space for the scheduled pickets.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to start delivering her ruling at about 09:30 am.

For more on the trial, click here, or visit the live EWN Oscar Pistorius blog.