Just one more night for Oscar Pistorius

OCTOBER 19, 2015

Disgraced former Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, is expected to walk out of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison, in Pretoria, in less than 24 hours, after the parole board at that prison granted him parole on Thursday. He is expected to be processed at the Poyntons Centre, in Pretoria, before being taken to his uncle's home in the upmarket suburb of Waterkloof. 

While the precise conditions of his release have not yet been made public, it is widely believed that he will have to do community service and will have to undergo continued psychotherapy. 

The Kgosi Mampuru II prison’s parole board announced the decision to release Pistorius after the Steenkamp family indicated they would not make another submission to the board as they stood by their earlier submission to the board that releasing Pistorius just ten months into his five-year term would send the wrong message about the justice system.

The board had been expected to meet on the 21st of October to allow for the Steenkamp family to make submissions for or against Pistorius' release.

Pistorius had initially been expected to be released on August 21. Justice Minister Michael Masutha however blocked this and referred the matter back to the parole review board.

He said the parole board had acted prematurely when it decided on June 5 to release Pistorius. It should have met on August 21, after Pistorius had actually served one-sixth of his five-year jail sentence, to decide if he could be released into correctional supervision.

His scheduled release in August, Women's Month, and just a few days after what would have been Reeva's 32nd birthday was also ququestioned by many women's rights activitists.

In September, the Parole Review Board postponed the hearing by another two weeks before it decided to refer the the matter back to the original Parole Board - also having found that the initial decision was made prematurely.

On October 21 last year, Pistorius was sentenced to five years for shooting Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He fired four shots through the locked door of the toilet in his Pretoria home, apparently thinking an intruder was hiding behind it.

The double-amputee track star was sentenced to a further three years, suspended for five years, for firing a shot at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg, in January 2013.

Still, Pistorius' release has been met by disappointment from women's advocacy groups complaining it is not sufficient for taking a life. 

In November, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will be hoping that the Supreme Court of Appeal will agree that Judge Thokozile Masipa erred in convicting Pistorius on a culpable homicide charge instead of a murder charge. The NPA filed papers to appeal that conviction in August.

See the full statement from the Department of Correctional Services of Pistorius' release below:

 

Follow the developments to date:

OSCAR PISTORIUS BEGINS LONG WAIT AS LAWYERS CONSIDER NEXT MOVE

NO COMMENT ON OSCAR APPEAL REPORTS

DEPT HAS FOUR MONTHS TO DECIDE ON PISTORIUS RELEASE

DECISION TO RELEASE OSCAR PISTORIUS SUSPENDED

NPA FILES APPEAL AGAINST OSCAR CONVICTION

OSCAR PISTORIUS PAROLE GRIPS WORLD - SEE COMMENTS

OSCAR PISTORIUS PAROLE: MASUTHA TO MAKE DECISION ON PETITION BEFORE FRIDAY

STEENKAMPS GATHER ON PORT ELIZABETH BEACH FOR REEVA'S BIRTHDAY

NO COMMENT ON OSCAR APPEAL REPORTS

JUNE STEENKAMP'S THOUGHTS ON OSCAR PISTORIUS PAROLE AND CHRISTOPHER PANAYIOTOU