Pistorius family keeps mum on parole hearing

2015-08-27 15:58


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Johannesburg - Family members of convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius said on Thursday they had taken note that the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board will consider Pistorius's parole matter on September 18.

"This matter is being dealt with by the legal team," the family said in a statement. "As a family we do not wish to make any further comment at this stage."

Pistorius was initially expected to be released on parole on August 21 but Justice Minister Michael Masutha intervened on Thursday.

This was because the decision to release Pistorius on correctional supervision was taken before he had served one-sixth of his sentence, according to a statement from the ministry.

He referred the decision back to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board.

This also followed a petition by the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa, which opposed Pistorius's release.

In June the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board said Pistorius would leave the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria on August 21.

On October 21, 2014 Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and three years - suspended for five years - for discharging a firearm in a restaurant.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a toilet door on February 14 2013. The athlete said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and was later convicted of culpable homicide.

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