Yadhana Jadoo
Political Editor
2 minute read
8 Jun 2015
2:25 pm

Oscar’s bid to leave prison

Yadhana Jadoo

The parole board has received a recommendation for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius` release for correctional supervision on August 21.

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK/POOL

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According to Correctional Services Commissioner Zack Modise, Pistorius` recommendation “for him to be out”, was provided to the parole board last Friday.

The recommendation would now be considered, and that would normally take up to two days, said Modise.

He was not aware if Pistorius himself appeared in front of the parole board.

“All I know is that a recommendation was received.”

Modise explained that the “blade runner’s” sentence following his conviction of culpable homicide fell in line with section 276 1 (i) of the Criminal Procedure Act.

This means that one-sixth of his sentence must be served prior to placement under correctional supervision. The sentence may not exceed five years.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the High Court in Pretoria in October last year. In August, he would have served ten months, equating to one-sixth of his sentence.

His fall from grace occurred when Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on a fateful Valentine’s Day, 2013.

He maintained to have thought Steenkamp to be an intruder when he fired four shots from his 9mm pistol, which housed lethal black talon bullets — designed to cause maximum damage. Three bullets hit Steenkamp, in her head, arm and hip.

During his trial last year, Pistorius addressed the Steenkamp family when he took the stand.

“I wake up every morning and you’re the first people I think of… I can’t imagine the pain and the sorrow and the emptiness that I’ve caused you and your family,” he said at the time.

Reeva’s mother June Steenkamp in an interview with The Citizen in her home town of Port Elizabeth last month said she has had to forgive Pistorius in order to heal.

“I have forgiven him, I don’t wish him any harm what so ever. I want to move on now from this, because it’s like I have been dragged back, and that is not fair really. There are all sorts of things that draw from other people… It draws bad energies,” she said at the Barking Spider Pub, which she and her husband Barry own.

“Barry and my life is damaged, we are injured people. We have got injuries and that will never go away. And we have to try to live without her and that is very, very hard, because Reeva was a big light in our lives.

“She was a wonderful daughter, so loving and caring. God expects you to forgive what has happened even though you don’t get over your pain and suffering. It is almost like a cancer growing inside you.”