Journalists wait outside the High Court in Pretoria ahead of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial. Photo: @Sefara_Mak/ Makhudu Sefara

Pretoria - By 8am on Monday morning, the majority of the people waiting outside the High Court in Pretoria were journalists, anxious to get inside.

It appeared that the weather, the fact that a large majority of the trial was to be televised, and the lack of space in court meant that most Oscar Pistorius-watchers were set to stay at home.

Security had been increased, with dozens of police and metro officers, their vehicles and security guards monitoring the court.

In the early hours, a dog unit had gone through the ground floor courtroom where the trial was set to take place for any security threats. Finding nothing, they slipped out and left the premises.

Meanwhile, tarps, satellite broadcasting vehicles and dozens of cameras lined Madiba Street directly outside the court, indicating the sheer number of international and local media that would be watching one of South Africa's biggest spectacles.

A large airborne camera hovered above the court, securing an aerial view of the courts, and seemingly flowing traffic through Pretoria.

But with two hours before proceedings were set to begin, it was still unclear when Pistorius, his family or the Steenkamps would arrive at court.

Meanwhile, journalists and photographers kept themselves busy by taking selfies and posting on social media sites.

Others tweeted and posted previews of the trial on Facebook.

“If you miss Oscar's picture as he walks in you are f*****,” a photographer said while discussing possible angles with colleagues.

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