Oscar Pistorius parole: Masutha to make decision on petition before Friday

AUGUST 19, 2015

Justice Minister Michael Masutha will consider a petition by an NGO opposing Oscar Pistorius's release together with a legal opinion, and make a decision before Friday, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"The minister will make a decision after he has considered the petition, before Friday. That petition goes together with the legal opinion,"  Justice Ministry spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told News24. 

"In the process of considering the petition by PWMSA [Progressive Women's Movement of SA] he will also satisfy himself that the decision [by the parole board] and the process that preceded the decision to place him [Pistorius] under correctional supervision is in compliance with the law. He is seeking a legal opinion to see if he is empowered to intervene if necessary."

The former Paralympic athlete is expected to be released into correctional supervision on Friday. 

News24 reported on Monday that PWMSA wrote to Masutha opposing Pistorius's release. 

There was concern that Pistorius was being released on correctional supervision during Women's Month.

"We need clarity of why this month," PWMSA Gauteng co-convenor Jacqui Mofokeng told News24.