The forensic photograph of the graphic headwound the model sustained the night she was killed by the paralympian was shown in court this week and broadcast live on television.
“We are in receipt of one complaint which concerns the images of the victim as broadcast on Wednesday. The matter is currently still pending,” the BCCSA said.
Social media was quick to react in horror to the broadcast of the image:
The picture the court showed of where Pistorius shot Reeva in the head has given me nightmares. I can’t believe her family had to see that.
— Kimberley Soutar (@KimberleySoutar) April 10, 2014
I am distraught after seeing that graphic picture of #reeva shot. My word. No words. #OscarPistorius https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OsarTrial&src=hash”>#OsarTrial
&mdash ; Sadiha (@ladysadiha) April 10, 2014
Watching channel 199 and saw the picture of Reeva shot in the head ;-( I don’t know how people follow this #OscarTrial. I can’t deal ;-(
— Pierrinne Leukes (@Pierrinne) April 9, 2014
Wow what an horrific picture of #Reeva shot to the head…. So sad!! #OscarTrial https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OscarPistorius&src=hash”>#OscarPistorius
&mdash ; Miché Onverwacht (@MichedolL) April 9, 2014
It is not the only complaint that has been filed in regards to the highly publicised trial, the the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) confirming that it had received a complaint about the way State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has conducted his cross-examination of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius.
SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena confirmed that an email with the intention to lodge a complaint over statements made by Nel in court has been received.
Sapa reported that the complainant Jan Landman, a former commissioner of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious, and Linguistic Communities, requested that the SAHRC investigate and rule whether Nel was permitted to refer to Pistorius as a “liar” as he cross-examined him.
In the complaint Landman said it was his opinion that in calling Pistorius a liar, Nel infringed on his right to a fair trial. Furthermore Landman claimed that Nel contravened Pistorius’s right to presumed innocent and his right to freedom of expression.
During court proceedings at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday, Nel was reprimanded by presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa.
“Watch your language Mr Nel. You don’t call the witness a liar, not while he is in the witness box,” she said.