Oscar Pistorius Steenkamp parole

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Steenkamps livid, as ‘court error’ brings Oscar Pistorius’ parole date forward

Oscar Pistorius may be a ‘free man’ in just two years, after the Supreme Court of Appeal revised his parole date: The Steenkamp family is not best pleased.

Oscar Pistorius Steenkamp parole

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The family of Reeva Steenkamp has branded the shortening of Oscar Pistorius‘ prison sentence as ‘profoundly unfortunate’, after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) admitted an error in their judgement: The former supermodel was shot dead by the Paralympian eight years ago, sparking an international media frenzy and a protracted legal battle.

When will Oscar Pistorius be up for parole?

According to the SCA, they failed to account for ‘time served’ when Oscar Pistorius had his charge upgraded from culpable homicide to murder in 2017. Forgetting that he’d already done more than 500 days inside, officials have now confirmed that he will be eligible for parole in March 2023 – just ten years after the fatal incident.

According to SABC, the family of Reeva Steenkamp is upset with the timing of the decision, which was made public just a week before the anniversary of her death. Karyn Maughan, a senior legal journalist, gave this update to the broadcaster:

“The SCA now correcting its ruling in a decision that will have significance for both Pistorius and the family of Reeva Steenkamp. I have spoken to their lawyer, they issued a statement basically saying that no one had even made them aware of this and the timing was profoundly unfortunate.”

Karyn Maughan

Steenkamp family upset, Correctional Services pragmatic

Meanwhile, The Correctional Services Department’s Singabakho Nxumalo issued a brief statement on the matter this Saturday. Not a great deal was given away, and cards are being kept very close to chests – but it does seem like the prison authorities will have very little issue with Oscar Pistorius becoming a free man, in just 25 months’ time:

“He started serving the current sentence in 2016, but then it was culpable homicide which was converted into a murder charge. We wouldn’t want to comment on what is reported (about) 2023. What we can state is that all inmates are eligible for consideration after having spent the minimum required time.”

Singabakho Nxumalo