Respect Oscar's privacy - Correctional Services

2015-10-20 15:46
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WATCH: Pistorius family stresses Oscar's sentence has not been reduced

2015-10-20 10:13

Pistorius family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess read out a statement outside their Pretoria home as Oscar began his correctional supervision. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - The privacy of offenders - including that of former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius - may not be invaded, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said on Tuesday.

This followed numerous requests from media houses for more information after Pistorius was released on Monday night from the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison on correctional supervision.

Department spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that as per the Correctional Services Act all people under, what he called community corrections, had to be supervised.

"Such supervision must not invade the privacy of the person concerned more than is necessary to ensure compliance with the conditions of the community corrections imposed."

The department would not publicly disclose any specific details about any offender.

"As DCS has provided sufficient information on Pistorius, henceforth, no additional information on the said offender will be publicly disclosed," Wolela said.

Wolela reiterated that the decision to release Pistorius, a day earlier than planned was not preferential treatment.

He said it was purely an operational decision taken by officials and was not the first time this had happened.

The parole board decided that Pistorius would be released into correctional supervision on Tuesday, it was announced last Thursday.

Instead, he was snuck out of prison in Pretoria on Monday night. The former athlete’s lawyer Brian Webber told the Citizen he was home shortly after 22:00.

He was expected to serve out the rest of his sentence at the Waterkloof, Pretoria, home of his uncle, Arnold Pistorius.

Next month the State will ask the Supreme Court of Appeal to set aside Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction, and replace it with the more serious charge of murder.

On October 21 last year, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for shooting Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day in 2013. He was eligible to be released into correctional supervision after serving out one-sixth, or 10 months, of his sentence.

Read more on:    oscar pistorius  |  michael masutha  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial

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