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All eyes on SCA as state fights to put Pistorius back behind bars

The state is today appealing Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction & hopes to have him charged with murder.

State advocate Gerrie Nel arrives at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on 3 November 2015. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - All eyes will be on the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein this morning as the State fights to put Oscar Pistorius back behind bars.

The Paralympian was found guilty of culpable homicide after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and was released from the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre in Pretoria last month, after serving less than a year of his five-year sentence.

He has now been placed under correctional supervision at his uncle's luxurious Waterkloof mansion, and is due to remain there until 2019, unless the court decides to convict him on a more serious charge of murder.

#OscarPistorius outside the SCA. BB pic.twitter.com/mZvDGajzvJ

A full bench, led by SCA Judge President Lex Mpati, will today consider the question of whether Pistorius should be sent to jail for murder.

Mpati will lead judges Nonkosi Mhlantla, Eric Leach, Steven Majiedt as well as acting Judge Elizabeth Baartman.

Proceedings are expected to feature robust argument, as the judges interrogate submissions made by the state and defence.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and defence advocate Barry Roux last faced off against each other eight months ago, when Roux attempted to have this appeal stopped.

The defence argues Judge Thokozile Masipa made the correct finding against Pistorius.

But the state believes she incorrectly applied the principle of 'dolus eventualis', and the athlete should be convicted of murder.

Proceedings will be broadcast live, giving the world the opportunity to once again follow this case as it unfolds.

There's limited space inside the courtroom, as local and foreign journalists had to apply for accreditation to secure a place.

#OscarPistorius Barry Roux and his team arriving at the Supreme Court of Appeal. GN pic.twitter.com/jxtCCI9P62

Last year, Pistorius's trial became the most publicised case in South Africa.

While the former athlete has served a sixth of his five-year sentence, if he is convicted of murder, the minimum sentence is 15 years.

#OscarPistorius Follow EWN's special blog to watch live court proceedings & more from 9am https://t.co/1HkiW46Wc4 pic.twitter.com/z8Q9MtxWHb

JUNE STEENKAMP TO ATTEND PROCEEDINGS

Steenkamp's mother June will also be in court.

In an interview with Sky News, Reeva's mother said she will be there to support Nel, saying Pistorius hasn't spent enough time behind bars for taking her daughter's life.

WATCH: Pistorius family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess made a short statement outside the home of Oscar Pistorius's uncle, where the Paralympian is currently under correctional supervision.

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