Oscar Pistorius to return home
Written by Nhlanhla Sehume (@sehume_n)
Oscar Pistorius will return to life outside the confinements of prison come August. The Paralympian will reunite with family and friends after ten months incarceration – much to his relief and those close to him. The family of his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has reacted in shock at news of the athletes pending release. The Steenkamp’s say they continue to live with sadness of her death every day. The family has expressed disappointment at the decision by the Department of Correctional Services, to place Reeva’s killer Oscar Pistorius on probation on 21 August.
The model and her acclaimed athlete boyfriend created a stir in the media and social circles when news broke of their relationship – but it soon turned tragic after he fired the four shots through his bathroom door killing her. Life has never been the same for her parents’ Barry and June Steenkamp as their daughter – who was their breadwinner – will never return home.
The family does not seek to avenge her death and have since forgave her killer and don’t want him to suffer. However June and Barry Steenkamp believe a person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable – they also go as far as saying an incarceration of ten months for taking someone’s life “is simply not enough”.
Come 21st of August, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will be able to swop his small prison cell for life outside of the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Services facility. He will have to adhere to strict correctional supervision provisions – However the corrections department remains tight-lipped on the conditions. These will remain in place for the remainder of his five year sentence.
Although the correctional services departments’ decision to place the athlete on house arrest has sparked wide debate – the law has been applied in the recommendation for him to be placed under house arrest and legal experts argue that there is nothing exceptional about this case. According to law governing correctional supervision an inmate qualifies for parole after serving one sixth of their full sentence.
After a marathon trial that saw Pistorius avoid a murder conviction, but have a five year term imposed on him – the athlete’s case will return to court in November when the state appeals his culpable homicide conviction.