Posted on Friday, 18 September 2015 15:24

South Africa: Authorities meet to discuss Oscar Pistorius release

By Crystal Oderson in Cape Town

Oscar Pistorius. Photo©ReutersParalympian Oscar Pistorius is still dominating South African media even from inside prison, this as the country's parole board is reviewing the decision to grant him parole.

The review panel meets Friday and will decide whether Pistorius should be released on parole after being found guilty of culpable homicide for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

the decision to release him on 21 August 2015 was made prematurely on 5 June 2015

The review panel is looking into the matter after the Justice Minister Michael Masutha asked for a review of the decision to grant him parole. At the time, Masutha said the decision was taken "prematurely".

The minister said that it was "apparent, therefore, that the decision to release him on 21 August 2015 was made prematurely on 5 June 2015, when the offender was not eligible to be considered at all".

He further added: "It is, therefore, clear that there is no legal basis upon which such a decision was made and is in contravention of Section 73 (7) (a) which requires him to have served a sixth of his five year sentence."

Pistorius was due to be released in August, but at the last minute, Masutha stepped and referred the matter to the Parole Review board.

Judge Thokozile Masipa had sentenced Pistorius to five years imprisonment for culpable homicide for accidentally killing Steenkamp.

For discharging a firearm at Tasha's restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.

Both sentences would run concurrently. Pistorius has served only over six months of his sentence. During the sentencing, Masipa said "a long prison sentence would break Pistorius. The State had, however, argued that the murder was premeditated.

The Justice Minister said the Parole Review Board's decision to place Pistorius under correctional supervision is suspended until the board has decided on the matter.

The review board is meeting behind closed doors and there is no timeline as to when a decision on the matter would be made public.

Certain paperwork has to be compiled and submitted to justice ministry.

According to EWN, the Department of Correctional Services has declined to provide any further details about the process that will be followed, so it is unclear when the athlete or the public will know the decision

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