South Africa’s “trial of the century” is set to begin on Monday as amputee track star Oscar Pistorius faces charges of allegedly murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.
For the millions interested in watching the Pistorius trial, live footage of the proceedings will air on DStv, MultiChoice's digital satellite TV service in Africa. It can be found on channel 199, which has been named “The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel.” Viewers will be able to see coverage of the trial, new documentaries and in-depth expert discussion. It can be viewed here online. The channel is free for those who have DStv subscriptions.
The Oscar Pistorius Trial channel can also be followed on social media through its Twitter handle and Facebook page. According to International Business Times India, it will provide minute-by-minute updates during the hearing. Pistorius' public relations team has its own Twitter handle, which promises to give "factual updates" and the "hard truth" about the case.
The athlete, 27, first warmed the hearts of millions during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Dubbed “Blade Runner,” he became the first athlete to compete in both the Olympics and the Paralympics, where he won six gold medals. But months later, Pistorius made headlines for a much more sinister reason: He allegedly shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. He maintains that he thought she was a burglar and that he accidentally shot her through the bathroom door. But the prosecution intends to prove that he's guilty of premeditated murder.
Steenkamp’s mother, June, who will be at the trial, said she wants to be able to forgive him. But she also wants her daughter’s former lover to see the hurt he has caused her.
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“I want to look at Oscar, really look him in the eyes, and see for myself the truth about what he did to Reeva, and whatever the court decides at the end of his trial, I will be ready to forgive him,” June told the Daily Mail.
“But first I want to force him to look at me, Reeva’s mother, and see the pain and anguish he has inflicted on me. I feel I need that.”
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