Pistorius’ parole hearing postponed for two weeks

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A hearing on whether Oscar Pistorius will be released on parole after serving 11 months for shooting dead his girlfriend has been postponed for two weeks.

“The parole review board could not complete the roll and had to postpone for two weeks,” correctional services spokesman Manelisi
Wolela told dpa on Saturday.

The National Parole Review board met on Friday in Durban to discuss whether the double-amputee Olympian had any chance of walking out of Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria.

The athlete, who was sentenced to five years in prison last year for culpable homicide, was due to be released on August 21. But the justice minister blocked his parole at the last minute after a complaint from a women’s rights group.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha said Pistorius’ release was premature and that proper procedure was not followed by the parole board.

Pistorius, known widely as the Blade Runner for his use of running blades, shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on February 14, 2013.

He claimed he thought she was a burglar and was found guilty of manslaughter.

His trial that lasted from March to October 2014 received worldwide attention.

Apart from a video filmed in secret by an inmate at Kgosi Mampuru II that showed the athlete playing soccer with a Czech mobster in a prison courtyard, little has been heard from Pistorius during his incarceration.

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