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South African Dept of Justice confirm delay to Pistorius release

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

The head of South Africa's Department of Justice could "intervene" to prevent Oscar Pistorius's early release from prison.

Update: 15.34:

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.

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 said 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 department said in a statement that Justice Minister Michael Masutha is checking to see if the decision by a parole board to approve Pistorius for house arrest was correct.

The justice department says Mr Masutha is "seeking legal opinion (on) whether he is empowered by law to intervene if necessary."

It said the minister would announce a decision before Friday, the day Pistorius was expected to leave jail.

The double-amputee runner has served 10 months of a five-year sentence for manslaughter for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

He was approved by a parole board to serve the remainder under house arrest.