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'Oscar Pistorius’ fate now in the hands of the Parole Review Board' - Masutha

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has referred Oscar Pistorius' parole application to a review board, just two days before Pistorius was due to be released.

According to Masutha, the athlete's release under Correctional Supervision would not have been in line with legal procedure, as it was premature.

Masutha says that South African law requires that a person serve at least one-sixth of their sentence before they can be considered for parole - which was not the case with Pistorius.

The legislation is very clear. An offender must serve at least one-sixth of their sentence before parole applications. The parole born could not have been competent in law to have set and considered his application. Their decision was invalid. It is now in the hands of the Parole Review Board.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha

A panel of three judges will now be tasked with deciding whether the decision to grant Oscar Pistorius parole was legitimate.

Masutha said that he doesn’t believe Oscar Pistorius' rights have been prejudiced by his decision.

Masutha says he was approached by a women's organisation on Monday, and prior to that had not been approached to re-consider the matter.

Pistorius is serving a five-year sentence for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day two years ago, and was scheduled to be released to his uncle's mansion in the Waterkloof area on Friday.

Listen to the full conversation, with Africa Melane standing in, on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Oscar Pistorius’ fate now in the hands of the Parole Review Board' - Masutha


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