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All eyes and lenses on Pistorius appeal

World media gear up to broadcast tomorrow’s appeal on the athlete’s culpable homicide conviction.

FILE: Media contingent waiting outside Oscar Pistorius's uncle's house in Waterkloof after he was released on parole on 19 October 2015 evening. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Global and national media have started descending on Bloemfontein ahead of the State's appeal of Oscar Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will hear the matter tomorrow, just a few weeks after the athlete was released under correctional supervision.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day two years ago, but only served one year.

A handful of gazebos in the courtyard at the SCA mark where cameras will beam the latest from the Pistorius appeal, around the world.

Their presence is evidence of the long-lasting global interest in the fallen athlete, two years after he killed Steenkamp.

Earlier this afternoon, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and his team inspected the courtroom.

Nel arrived at the SCA looking relaxed and wearing a pair of shorts.

Accompanying him was fellow prosecutor Andrea Johnson, Investigating Officer Mike van Aardt and several expert witnesses who testified during the trial.

The State will argue that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder, because he should have anticipated that firing five shots through a door would have killed someone.

The defence will argue that Thokozile Masipa was correct when convicting him of culpable homicide, and that the State is, in fact, attempting to argue points of fact as points of law.

The big question on everyone's lips is whether tomorrow's proceedings will lead to the athlete having to return to prison, or remain under house arrest in his uncle's Pretoria mansion for another four years.

Argument has been set down for one day.

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