Specttrum News : A South African judge has ruled that the trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius can be partially televised. Mr Pistorius shot his girlfriend, the model and reality TV star Reeva Steenkamp, more than a year ago, and his murder trial begins next Monday.


State prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated, but he claims he mistook her for an intruder. The BBC's Pumza Fihlani says it will be the first time parts of a trial in South Africa are televised live.Judge Dunstan Mlambo at the court in Pretoria was asked to decide how much, if any, of the proceedings could be filmed and broadcast live.


The application was brought by media groups MultiChoice, eNCA and Eyewitness News, reported Sapa news agency. Justice Mlambo said the entire audio of the trial could be broadcast live, and sections of the trial could be filmed and televised live.


These included opening arguments, evidence of experts, police witnesses and closing arguments. The testimony of the accused and his witnesses were exempt, the judge said.