South Africans Gripped by Pistorius Trial

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South African housewife Lauren Wentzel watches a dedicated 24 hour television channel covering the trial of Oscar Pistorius.NIC BOTHMA / EPA

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Round-the-clock television coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial is keeping ordinary South Africans like Lauren Wentzel, pictured Monday at her home in the informal Red Hill settlement outside Cape Town, glued to their screens.

Having been granted the right to broadcast a live feed from inside the courtroom — an unprecedented move — African television provider DSTV has set up a channel offering 24/7 coverage of the trial including social media updates, analysis, a daily summary show and background documentary footage.

— European Pressphoto Agency