Media houses still waiting for Oscar

2015-09-18 17:05
Oscar Pistorius (AFP)

Oscar Pistorius (AFP)

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Pretoria - Journalists are still stationed outside the Kgosi Mampuru prison hoping to get a glimpse of former Paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius should he be released.

Journalists have been milling around since morning with cameras facing the gates of the prison. Reporters from about 10 media houses are patiently waiting for any sign or news.

Camp chairs are lined along the wall of the prison, with the majority of journalists on their phones trying to get information on when the Parole Review Board would make an announcement about Pistorius's possible release from prison under correctional supervision.

The announcement was expected on Friday.

Pistorius was jailed last year after he was found guilty of gunning down his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day in 2013. He has spent just more than 10 months in jail.

He was initially expected to be released on August 21 to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.

But, two days before that, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced Pistorius would not be released, saying the parole board had acted prematurely when it decided in June that he could be released in August.

Masutha said the board should have made the decision only on August 21, when Pistorius would have served one-sixth of his five-year jail term.

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