June will not oppose Pistorius parole this time

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Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, will not be there on Friday when her daughter’s convicted murderer and former friend, Oscar Pistorius, applies for parole again.

Steenkamp will also not oppose Pistorius’ application for parole – as he did last time.

Adv. Annadé Theart-Hofmeyr will indeed read Steenkamp’s victim impact report in her absence on her behalf during the parole hearing.

“June is still in mourning,” Tania Koen, June’s legal representative, told RNews on Tuesday morning in reference to the recent death of Barry Steenkamp, ​​June’s husband and Reeva’s father.

Barry died suddenly in his sleep in September. He was 80 years old.

Reeva was the couple’s only child.

Pistorius has been in custody since 2016 after he was found guilty of murdering Reeva on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

RNews previously reported that Conrad Dormehl, Pistorius’ legal representative, recently received a letter from the department of correctional services (DKD) confirming that a new process has been launched to consider Pistorius’ parole application.

This after the Constitutional Court ruled in October that Pistorius was already eligible for parole earlier.

Pistorius approached the country’s highest court after his initial application for parole was rejected at the end of March because he apparently did not serve the minimum period of detention.

The DCD initially indicated that Pistorius had served more than half of his sentence and was eligible for parole. Then the department amended this version and announced that he would not in fact qualify for parole until August 2024.

The confusion comes after the Court of Appeal in 2017 set aside Pistorius’ initial sentence of six years for murder and replaced it with a sentence of 13 years and five months.

Pistorius then turned to the Constitutional Court to get clarity on the date on which he is eligible for parole.

Pistorius argued in his court papers that every day he is prevented from applying for parole is a gross violation of his human rights.