Valeska Abreu
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15 Oct 2015
2:30 pm

Oscar Pistorius set for October 20 release

Valeska Abreu

Oscar Pistorius will be released under correctional supervision next week according to the Steenkamp family lawyer Tania Koen.

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

Koen said she has received a call from Correctional Services around lunch time today informing her that Pistorius will be rewarded on 20 October. The department has also confirmed Pistorius’ release. The parole board met in Pretoria for the second time following a directive of the Parole Review Board, which set aside its earlier decision to place Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision because it was prematurely made.

The parole board considered all submissions, including the offender’s profile report, the directives of the Parole Review Board and the submission of the victim’s family. The Kgosi Mampuru II CSPB says: “Upon careful consideration of the facts placed before the Parole Board as contained in the G326 (Profile Report) submitted by the Case Management Committee in terms of Section 42 (2)/* 79 of the Correctional Services Act of 1998, the Parole Board decided to place Mr. Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 2015/10/20 until 2019/10/20.”

The Parole Board has also given the offender his correctional supervision conditions which include the directives of the Parole Review Board in respect of continued psychotherapy and prohibitions in line with the Fire Arms Control Act Section 103.

Spokeswoman for the Pistorius family, Annelise Burgess, has confirmed that they have been made aware of Pistorius’ release.

“We have now been informed that Oscar will be released into correctional supervision on the 20th of October. We will not be releasing a statement, and simply wish to confirm the information we have received” she said.

Oscar Pistorius’ original expected release from prison and into house arrest on 21 August was put on hold because the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha wanted to satisfy himself that all was above board in the proceedings.

“The decision to release him on August 21, 2015 was made prematurely on June 5, 2015 when the offender was not eligible to be considered at all … One sixth of a five-years’ sentence is 10 months and at the time the decision was made Mr Pistorius had served only over six months of his sentence,” said the Department of Justice and Correctional Services on August 20.

Media stationed camps outside the Kgosi Manpuru Prison and well as the departments correctional services administration building in the Pretoria CBD today.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homocide for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Spokesman Manelisi Wolela said the parole board considered all submissions, including the offender’s profile report, the directives of the Parole Review Board and the submission of the victim’s family.