Minister's decision to suspend Oscar's parole not unique - law expert

2015-08-19 18:59
Michael Masutha. (GCIS)

Michael Masutha. (GCIS)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Justice Minister Michael Masutha's decision to suspend Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's release on parole this Friday is not unique, law expert Mannie Witz told News24.

"He has done it before with Clive Derby-Lewis and the Waterkloof Four," Witz said. "There has obviously been some form of pressure and a petition, which the minister would need to consider."

Justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said earlier that Masutha had considered a petition to stop Pistorius's release and had referred the decision to the parole board for review.

This implied that the earlier decision to release him on parole "has been suspended", said Mhaga.

Witz said reaching a decision to release a prisoner on correctional supervision was not a simple task and involved multiple checks and balances.

According to Witz, the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board (CSPB) had to, among other things:

- Check if Pistorius was a danger to society;

- Decide whether he would be self-sufficient outside of prison;

- Monitor his behaviour while still in prison;

- Check his previous residential and work record. 

Pistorius would also have been required to make a sworn affidavit showing remorse for the crime committed, said Witz. "You have a whole committee of different people to sign."

Witz said the process was not quick either. "There must be something new, over and above what the department of correctional services has done."

In June, the CSPB confirmed 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 Reeva Steenkamp, and three years - suspended for five - for discharging a firearm in a restaurant.

Wednesday would have been Steenkamp's 32nd birthday.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  michael masutha  |  pistorius trial

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.