MASUTHA SEEKS LEGAL CLARITY ON PISTORIUS
Blade runner Oscar Pistorius may not be spending time at home this weekend but still at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison.
The Department of Justice has confirmed that the decision to release him has been sent to the Correctional Service board for review.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha is seeking legal advice on whether convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius should be released from prison on house arrest after serving only 10 months behind bars.
The Minister responded to a petition from a rights group – which wants him to halt Pistorius’s release during Women’s Month. Masuthata says he needs to know if the release is lawful – and whether he has the legal power to intervene. The Justice Minister is concerned that if Pistorius’s release isn’t legally sounds, it will create a negative precedent.
Oscar Pistorious was convicted of murdering his model Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day three years ago. In his defence Pistorious told the court that he shot Reeva Steenkamp through the bathroom window at his Pretoria home thinking she was an intruder.
The prosecution in the case however argued against Pistorious’s version saying the once revered paralympian meant to kill Reeva Steenkamp.
Ironically Pistorius will be released in the week of his slain girlfriend’s birthday.