Oscar's family still waiting for news on parole

2015-09-19 10:21

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Cape Town – Neither the correctional services department nor family members know whether the Parole Review Board has yet made a decision on former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's release.

“We wait to be informed by the judge on what the position is. When they [the board] have communicated that decision, we will let you know,” department spokesperson Manelisi Wolela told News24 on Saturday.

Family spokesperson Anneliese Burger said they had not been informed of anything yet.

Early on Saturday morning, his aunt Lois Pistorius posted on social networking site Twitter: “Thank you everyone who prayed for Oscar Pistorius, and prayed for the family.”

Journalists were stationed outside the Kgosi Mampuru prison and Pistorius's uncle's house in Pretoria for most of Friday, anticipating his possible release.

Reporters outside his uncle Arnold's home were told by his cousin on Friday that he would not be released soon.

As she reversed her car out of the driveway she spoke to journalists "Hy kom mos nie nou uit nie [he is not coming out now]," she said in Afrikaans. When a journalist said, "We don't know", she responded: "Ons weet [we know]".

She then left the premises.

Pistorius was jailed last year after he was found guilty of gunning down his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day in 2013. He has spent just more than 10 months in jail.

He was initially expected to be released on August 21 to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.

But, two days before that, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced Pistorius would not be released, saying the parole board had acted prematurely when it decided in June that he could be released in August.

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