PWMSA to brief media following Pistorius decision

AUGUST 20, 2015

The Progressive Women’s Movement of SA (PWMSA), whose petition to Justice Minister Michael Masutha on Oscar Pistorius preceded a decision to suspend the Paralympian's release on parole, is expected to brief the media on Thursday.

Masutha intervened because the decision to release Pistorius on correctional supervision on Friday was taken before he had served one sixth of his sentence, according to a statement from his ministry on Wednesday.

He referred the decision back to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board.

The PWMSA said on Monday that it was concerned 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 at the time.

"Why didn't they choose another month? They are rubbing salt into the wounds."

She said the letter was sent to Masutha last week Thursday on behalf of the 80 organisations, political and non-political, which made up the PWMSA.

In June, the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board said Pistorius would leave the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria on August 21.

Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with four shots fired from his gun on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He was found guilty of culpable homicide, and discharging a firearm in a restaurant, and was sentenced to spend five years in jail.

Wednesday would have been Steenkamp's 32nd birthday.

---News24wire

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