Pretoria - A social media and broadcasting blackout was imposed on the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday, prompting debate across Twitter about whether or not explicit testimony should be broadcast live.
When Professor Gert Saayman took the stand, he told the court he had ethical issues with his testimony being heard immediately around the world.
The explicit details of his post-mortem on Reeva Steenkamp had the potential to damage her dignity, as well as that of her family and friends.
He was also worried that it went against “the good morals of society” and that unaware television watchers, including children, could be exposed to the testimony.
Nick Ferreira, for the media opposing the application, said broadcasters and other publications would compromise, that no exhibits would be published and that testimony would not be broadcast live. Instead, it would be recorded and summarised.