Parole or not? Oscar Pistorius will hear within the week

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Oscar Pistorius’ birthday next week could possibly be his last behind bars.

Conrad Dormehl, Pistorius’ legal representative, confirmed to RNews on Friday morning that Pistorius’ new application for parole will be heard next Friday (November 24).

Pistorius celebrates his 37th birthday in Atteridgeville prison in Pretoria on Wednesday (22 November).

He has been in custody since 2016 after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

RNews previously reported that Dormehl recently received a letter from the Department of Correctional Services (DKD) confirming that a new process had 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 complete 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.