Twitter reacts to Oscar parole suspension

2015-08-19 18:21

Johannesburg - News about convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's parole being suspended may have taken South Africa by surprise on Wednesday, but the Twitterati immediately pronounced on the decision.

Many on the social media platform supported the decision, made on the day that would have been Reeva Steenkamp's 32nd birthday.

Others showed sympathy to Pistorius and his family, or mused on the way Wednesday's decision had come about:

As can be expected - between those for, against, and somewhat in between - a section of the Twitterati were more amused than anything else by the turn of events:

Earlier on Wednesday, Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha announced that Pistorius would no longer be released on correctional supervision on Friday because of a technicality.

This was because the decision to release him on correctional supervision was taken before he had served one sixth of his sentence.

In June, the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board (CSPB) confirmed that Pistorius would leave the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria on August 21.

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

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