File - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 file photo Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands inside a court during his bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will defend himself March 3, 2014 against a charge of premeditated murder in the slaying of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South Africa judge has ruled that television stations can broadcast parts of the trial live, but with restrictions on witness testimonies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

Pretoria - Media houses descended on Pretoria on Monday morning to cover one of the most talked about murder trials of the year.

Outside the High Court in Pretoria, broadcast vans and marquee tents lined Madiba Street from the early hours of the morning, with local and international journalists preparing for live broadcasts in rainy weather.

Monday is the start of the trial of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, charged with murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's day in 2013.

The case has generated world-wide attention with hundreds of reporters expected to cover the trial. - Sapa