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Oscar Pistorius parole grips world - see comments

AUGUST 17, 2015
Oscar Pistorius parole grips world - see comments

The world's attention on the Oscar Pistorius trial was reignited on Monday as media outlets across the globe carried headlines around his expected release.

It also emerged that the disgraced Paralympian will not have to wear an electronic monitoring device when he is released from prison on Friday - about two days after what would have been Reeva Steenkamp's thirty-second birthday.

On release, the 28-year-old will live at his uncle’s luxury three-storey mansion in leafy Waterkloof, Pretoria. 

Department of Correctional Services spokesperson, Logan Maistry, on Monday confirmed that Pistorius did need to wear the ankle bracelet but stressed that the release did not mean that his five-year sentence had been reduced.

He said the Kgosi Mampuru prison’s correctional supervision and parole board met on June 5, and approved Pistorius’s release into correctional supervision.

About 3 400 people around the country are also due to be released into correctional supervision after having served one-sixth of their sentence in jail. A total of 60 000 offenders are in the correctional supervision system. This includes various categories of offenders, such as those released on parole.

No details of Oscar's release could be revealed as per the Correctional Services Act.

Pistorius still faces the possibility of a tougher sentence as prosecutors in November will attempt to persuade the Supreme Court of Appeal that he should have been found guilty of murder, a conviction that carries a minimum of 15 years in prison. 

Social media abuzz

The hashtag 'Oscar Pistorius' dorminated or trended on Twitter for most of Monday morning and afternoon as users shared their feelings about the decision to release Pistorius - just ten months into his five year sentence for shooting Steenkamp on Valentines Day 2013.

Here is what some of you had to say;