Wednesday 28 September 2016

Oscar Pistorius prison release on hold 'indefinitely'

Published 19/08/2015 | 15:23

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa
Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa

South Africa's Department of Justice says it is putting Oscar Pistorius's release from prison on hold until his case is reviewed again by a parole board.

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Department spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga says Pistorius's release will have to be reviewed again because he was approved to be moved to house arrest too early.

Mr Mthunzi saids Pistorius should have served 10 months of his sentence before being considered for release. He was approved for parole in June, eight months into his sentence.

Pistorius was due to be moved to house arrest on Friday after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence for manslaughter for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Mr Mhaga did not say when the parole board would meet to consider Pistorius for release from jail.

The family said they were disappointed the athlete would not be released this Friday after the justice minister suspended his parole.

"We are shocked and disappointed that Oscar won't be home this Friday," a family member who did not want to be named said.

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