Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered an investigation into the leak
after broadcaster eNCA showed a photo of Pistorius' neighbor
Michelle Burger during the audio broadcast of her second day of
While the trial is being televised live, a previous court order had
ruled witnesses must give their consent to be filmed.
Television station eNCA on Tuesday accompanied the audio broadcast
with a picture of Burger. After prosecutor Gerrie Nel pointed out
the leak, Masipa called for a brief adjournment.
"I am warning the media, if you do not behave, you are not going to
be treated with soft gloves by this court," Masipa, herself a former
journalist, said when the court resumed.
Olympic and Paralympic star Pistorius is on trial for murdering his
girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his suburban Pretoria home on
Valentine's Day last year. He says he mistook her for an intruder.
The trial, which could see one of global sports' most admired
figures jailed for life, has drawn comparisons with the high-profile
murder trial of American football star and actor O.J. Simpson two
Burger, a university lecturer who testified on Monday that she heard
"bloodcurdling" screams from a woman followed by gun shots, has not
consented to being filmed and only the audio of her testimony is
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She was closely cross-examined for a second day on her testimony by
lead defense attorney Barry Roux.
Masipa also restricted the media from publishing photos of witnesses
who have not consented to be filmed.
Patrick Conroy, the head of news at eNCA, said on Twitter the
station had used a photo from the website of the University of
Pretoria, where Burger is a lecturer of construction economics.
Other newspapers also used the picture, he said.
A separate South African court ruled last month that the trial
should be televised, saying it was vital for impoverished South
Africans who feel ill-treated by the justice system to get a
first-hand look at the proceedings.
(Reporting by Ed Cropley; writing by David Dolan; Editing by Pascal
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