South Africa 21.9.2015 07:27 am

Pistorius at the mercy of parole board

A file picture dated 19 August 2013 shows South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 12 September 2014. The sentence is expected to be announced on 21 October.  EPA/STR

A file picture dated 19 August 2013 shows South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 12 September 2014. The sentence is expected to be announced on 21 October. EPA/STR

The Parole Review Board will not consider the application of jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for release for another fortnight, the department of correctional services said at the weekend.

In a statement, the department said the board ran out of time on Friday, when it was widely expected to decide whether or not to release Pistorius on correctional supervision.

“As directed by the chairperson of the Parole Review Board (PRB), the department of correctional services can confirm that the PRB met to consider reviews on Friday, 18 September 2015, but unfortunately could not finish the roll and had to postpone for two weeks, because that is the earliest possible date for members.”

Pistorius has served less than a year of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013. He had been due to be released last month, 10 months after he was jailed, but that did not happen because it came to Justice Minister Michael Masutha’s attention – while he was studying a petition objecting to the planned release on the basis of women’s rights – that the law had been misapplied.

Pistorius had to serve one sixth – 10 months – of the term before he was eligible to file an application for release, the ministry explained.Masutha has since had to contend with suggestions he bowed to political pressure.

 

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