Oscar Pistorius granted bail, gets tagged – As it happened

Murder-convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was electronically tagged on Tuesday following his successful bail application.

Pistorius arrived at the Correctional Services’s Poynton Building in the Pretoria CBD at 14:00.

At 15:00, correctional services told media outside the building that Pistorius had left through a back entrance.


While our journalists Lizeka Tandwa and Naledi Shange wait for Oscar Pistorius to exit the Poynton building in Pretoria, News24 spoke to a legal expert to discuss the possibility of the Constitutional Court overturning the SCA’s new ruling.

“I would love to see their application [to the Constitutional Court]. Some people are saying they will focus on his right to a fair trial, but they are bound by the judgment handed down by [SCA justice Eric] Leach,” said Marius Du Toit, a defence lawyer and former prosecutor.

“I somehow think the Constitutional Court is not going to willy nilly grant leave to appeal. They could say ‘Sorry guys, we are not interested’.”


Members of the public who work at the Poynton building have stepped outside to see what the fuss is about.


The gates have been closed to journalists, Lizeka Tandwa says.


News24’s Lizeka Tandwa is outside the Poynton building. Oscar Pistorius is apparently already in the building, having rushed his way inside dressed in a jeans and wearing a baseball cap.


Still no sign of Oscar Pistorius outside the Poynton building as 14:00 approaches. Media and security continue to wait.


Media and security starting to gather outside the Poynton building, Pretoria.


Media have started gathering outside the Poynton building in Pretoria where Oscar is expected to get tagged at around 14:00, News24’s Naledi Shange says.


WRAP: The High Court in Pretoria granted murder convicted former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius bail of R10 000 on Tuesday.

The conditions of his bail are: he will only be allowed to travel within a radius of 20km around his uncle’s Waterkloof home, where he was previously serving under correctional supervision for his original sentence of culpable homicide; he must be electronically monitored; he will be allowed to leave the home between 07:00 and midday, and will need written permission from the investigating officer to leave the house outside of those hours.

Pistorius, wearing a black suit and white shirt, appeared calm in the courtroom.

The matter was postponed to April 18.


Moments ago when OP was rushed out of the courthouse.


As part of bail conditions, OP must hand over his passports and will be electronically monitored.


Bail condition: OP can go up to 20kms away from home.


Case postponed to April 18, 2016. Bail of R10 000. Must be paid before December 11.

Conditions: Must appear at 09:00 at high court on postponement date. The accused must submit to house arrest and may leave the house between 07:00-12:00.


It’s not in the interests of justice that the applicant not leave the house at all until the case resumes.


OP has proved he isn’t a flight risk – judge


Judge: OP bail affidavit asks for bail pending outcome of appeal to ConCourt, or – if the appeal is unsuccessful – sentencing.


Ledwaba summarising OP’s submissions – the background and history of the case.


Judge Ledwaba: The accused has now been convicted of murder… the court should look carefully at the application.


OP stands as Judge Ledwaba reads out his bail ruling.


Judge asks Nel where bail must be paid. “At the registrar” he says, by Friday.


Op looking straight ahead, expressionless, in court as proceedings continue.


Court resumes.



Court adjourns.

OP has confirmed that he submitted an affidavit voluntarily.


Nel says it is possible to monitor him even within that radius using GPS co-ordinates.


Nel says he would want the stipulation that a radius of 30km would not include any airport. Pistorius family has ties to Mozambique.


Judge Ledwaba says he is considering an order where OP can leave the house but within a certain radius.

Nel suggests that he not be permitted to leave the magisterial district.

Now the judge wants to know how big the district is. Roux guesses that it’s about 30KMs.


Nel: If he is allowed to leave the house between 7-12 every day, we would have to monitor him every day. “So much easier” to ban movement.


Nel: We feel strongly that we need to monitor OP. We feel strongly he should not leave the house.


Judge asks why the condition for house arrest was changed and Nel says it was because of his community service for culpable homicide but now this was different (because of the murder conviction).

Nel responds that knowing where the accused would be throughout the day sways them not to oppose bail.


Now Nel is up: They State would not be opposed to the bail given if he is under house arrest and wears an electronic monitor.


Roux concludes: He is not a flight risk, he is well known person, he has a disability and he has abided by the conditions of his bail.


Roux announces he intends to apply for leave to appeal to the highest court in the land: the Constitutional Court.


Roux: OP can pay R10 000 in bail. The last time i was R1m in guarantees – but he doesn’t have that anymore.


Deputy judge president Aubrey Ledwaba is hearing the matter.


Judge asks why bail conditions so much stricter than those of house arrest. Roux responds: The State insisted.


OP has agreed that he will only leave his uncle’s home with permission from the police, says Roux.


While Roux goes over the history of the trial.

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