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