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Oscar Pistorius' parole bid suffers another postponement

Oct 9, 2015
Oscar Pistorius' parole bid suffers another postponement

The parole hearing of former Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, suffered another postponement on Friday, his family confirmed. Pistorius will now have to wait another two weeks to hear if he will be released as the Parole Board seeks to obtain submissions from Reeva Steenkamp’s family.

Pistorius was initially set to be released in August, after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence after he was convicted of culpable homicide following his shooting of Reeva on Valentines Day 2013.

At the eleventh hour, Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, postponed his release and refferred the matter to the Parole Review Board arguing that the original decision to release him into his uncle's custody on 21 August had been made prematurely.

His scheduled release in August, Women's Month, and just a few days after what would have been Reeva's 32nd birthdaywas 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.

The Steenkamps made a short submission to the board, when it first convened in June, saying they did not believe 10 months in prison was the appropriate punishment for taking the life of Reeva.

This week, Pistorius family called into question the parole delays saying Oscar was now suffering because of his stature as well as political and public opinion.