Was Oscar Pistorius' parole treated different to others?

Image: Oscar Pistorius/EWN.

On Wednesday, two days before Oscar Pistorius was due to leave prison, the athlete's early release was put on hold by the justice department, which sent his case back to a parole review board. Pistorius' release was approved eight months into his five-year prison sentence, when he should have served 10 months before ever being considered for release, this is according to Minister of Justice and Correctional Services.

Speaking to Sam Cowen about the questionable technicalities of the case, Criminal Lawyer Tyrone Maseko speculated about the Minister's special treatment of this case.

The argument is very technical, and the question that I have is what's the motivation behind it, and that's what concerns me more than anything. What is the motivation of looking for reasons to actually stop him from being released, that's my concern. Why the interest at a ministerial level on an individual case?

Criminal Lawyer, Tyrone Maseko

Technically speaking there's nothing stopping the review board from sitting on Monday, and making the same decision to release Oscar Pistorius and Oscar Pistorius could be released as soon as Tuesday ... But my concern is if you're already having political interference really, if you will, because I don't understand why the Minister is interfering - the warm and fuzzy argument that it's Women's Month that to me are not legal considerations.

Criminal Lawyer, Tyrone Maseko

Listen to Maseko's full analysis of the Pistorius parole case below:


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