Oscar a 'pleasant man who is always smiling' - supermarket employee

2015-10-15 11:09
Oscar Pistorius's uncle's house in Waterkloof, Pretoria. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Oscar Pistorius's uncle's house in Waterkloof, Pretoria. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius, whose future is being debated by a parole board on Thursday, was always a pleasant customer to those working at the Spar supermarket near his uncle's home in Pretoria.

Martha Dikomang, an employee at the Waterkloof Corner Spar, and a few of her colleagues told News24 they hoped Pistorius would be released from prison.

"He is a pleasant man who is always smiling and willing to lend an ear," Dikomang said.

Earlier on Thursday morning, News24 were at Pistorius's uncle's house where there was little activity taking place.

A security guard said the family were "out", and cautioned News24 not to take pictures of the house, as permission had not been granted.

This was as Pistorius's latest parole hearing was expected to be taking place on Thursday.

On Wednesday, correctional service department spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said in a statement the Kgosi Mampuru II prison’s parole board would decide if the former Paralympian could be released into correctional supervision.

Pistorius and his lawyer met the board on Friday. They were told the board was consulting Reeva Steenkamp’s family about Pistorius’s possible release.

Pistorius had initially been expected to be released on August 21. Justice Minister Michael Masutha however blocked this and referred the matter back to the parole review board.

He said the parole board had acted prematurely when it decided on June 5 to release Pistorius. It should have met on August 21, after Pistorius had served one-sixth of his five-year jail sentence, to decide if he could be released into correctional supervision.

On October 21 last year, Pistorius was sentenced to five years for shooting Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He fired four shots through the locked door of the toilet in his Pretoria home, apparently thinking an intruder was hiding behind it.

The double-amputee track star was sentenced to a further three years, suspended for five years, for firing a shot at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg, in January 2013.

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