Pistorius reports to authorities, parole officer to give weekly updates to NPA

2013-02-26 00:00

OSCAR Pistorius yesterday reported to the authorities for the first time since he was released on bail on Friday.

Family spokesperson Lunice Johnston confirmed that he had reported, but declined to say when and where.

A large media contingent waited outside the Brooklyn police station and outside his uncle’s house where he is staying, amid confusion over where and when he was expected to go.

Most media were under the impression that one of Pistorius’s bail conditions was that he had to report at Brooklyn every Monday and Friday.

The crowd gathered at the station from about 7 am and only dispersed by 2 pm.

However, this was never made part of the formal bail conditions after it was proposed by the state, said National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Medupe Simasiku.

Simasiku said where and when Pistorius has to report to authorities would be agreed between him, his correctional officer and the parole officer assigned to his case.

Under the conditions of bail, the parole officer must report weekly to the NPA and Pistorius’s legal team on his emotional wellbeing.

All that Pistorius has to do at Brooklyn is hand in all the firearms in his possession.

He is due back in court in June for trial in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Officials of the Correctional Services Department will visit Pistorius at least four times a month.

Under the Criminal Procedure Act, the department is responsible for supervising Pistorius while he is on bail.

James Smalberger, deputy chief commissioner, said yesterday four visits are the minimum per month, and there may be more.

Another 1 700 people countrywide are under similar supervision.

A parole officer will report weekly to the NPA on his emotional wellbeing.

Smalberger said officers visited Pistorius at his uncle’s home in Pretoria on Saturday to confirm his address and discuss the visiting procedure with the house owner.

Pistorius will also be subject to random testing for drugs and alcohol.

The department has a facility in Pretoria where people are tested, Smalberger said.

Drugs show up even a few days after consumption, he added.

If Pistorius breaks his bail conditions, the NPA would bring this to the attention of the court, which would decide on the next step, he said.

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