‘My heart goes out to the Steenkamp family’ — Mzansi weighs in on possible parole for Oscar Pistorius
Social media has weighed in on reports that former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius may soon be eligible for parole.
Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in 2014 for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
His conviction was upgraded to murder in 2015. A six-year sentence imposed by the Pretoria High Court in 2016 was later set aside by the Supreme Court of Appeal and replaced with a sentence of 13 years and five months.
Correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told Newzroom Afrika inmates may be eligible for parole after serving a period of their sentence behind bars, but no decision has yet been made on Pistorius’ parole.
“I have seen media reports on possible parole placement for Oscar Pistorius. As a department we are not yet there,” he said.
“They [inmates] have to appear before a parole board. A determination is then made about whether they are ready to be sent back into the community or continue to stay in prison serving the remainder of their sentence.”
Nxumalo said the department was planning a meeting between Pistorius and the Steenkamp family as part of the rehabilitation process.
The news has split opinions online, with many calling for Pistorius to be given the same treatment as other inmates.
If Oscar Pistorius get parole everybody who committed the same crime must get a similar treatment and it's doesn't matter whether it's Zuma, Eugene Tereblache or Shabir Shaik?— Nicky Michele (@NickyMichele2) November 7, 2021
Oscar Pistorius up for parole!— I-Batibat (@i_batibat) November 7, 2021
This is going to be Interesting.
So frankly speaking, the only thing that Oscar Pistorius will find different when he gets out on parole is the name change that happened down South-East and the GuptEscape? 🤔— m👍🏼us✊🏽 ku👊🏾al👌🏿 (@mbusokumalo) November 8, 2021
No flying cars, no Indian Speaker of National Assembly 😁. Nothing. It's as if he was there for 30mins. pic.twitter.com/as5kMWb3ZZ