South African Athlete Oscar Pistorius is Freed on Parole

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The South African Department of Corrections announced on Friday that athlete Oscar Pistorius, who spent nearly nine years behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend, had been freed from prison on parole and was now back at home.

Pistorius’s release was not further detailed by the government. The news broke about 8:30 a.m., revealing that the Olympic runner, who is well-known for being double amputee, had been released early in the morning from the Atteridgeville Correctional Center in Pretoria, South Africa.

Since killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, Pistorius has served nearly nine years of his thirteen years and five months murder sentence. In November, his parole was granted.

Serious offenders in South Africa are eligible for parole after serving at least half their sentence.

In a brief statement announcing Pistorius’ release, the Department of Corrections stated that it had “been able to confirm that Oscar Pistorius is a parolee, effective from 5 January 2024.” He is currently at home after being accepted into the Community Corrections system.”

A police van was spotted parked outside of Pistorius’s uncle’s villa in the affluent Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof, where he was supposed to dwell initially.

Officials from the Department of Corrections had stated that Pistorius would not be “paraded” or have his release time announced in advance. Their goal was to shield him from the spotlight that has followed him ever since he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet door at his home in the early hours of February 14, 2013.

He will live under strict parole conditions until the remainder of his sentence expires in December 2029.

Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, said in a statement earlier Friday that she had accepted Pistorius’ parole as part of South African law.

“Has there been justice for Reeva? Has Oscar served enough time? There can never be justice if your loved one is never coming back, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back,” June Steenkamp said. “We who remain behind are the ones serving a life sentence.”

“With the release of Oscar Pistorius on parole, my only desire is that I will be allowed to live my last years in peace with my focus remaining on the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation, to continue Reeva´s legacy.”

The multiple Paralympic champion’s release, like that of any other parolee, does not imply that he has completed his sentence, the Department of Corrections has stressed.

A few of Pistorius’s parole requirements include limitations on when he can leave his house, an alcohol consumption prohibition, and mandates that he participate in anger management and violence against women programs. He is going to have to do community service.

In addition, Pistorius will face surprise visits from law enforcement and frequent meetings with parole officers at his house and at the offices of correctional services. He cannot leave the Waterkloof district without authorization, and until the completion of his term, he is not permitted to speak with the media. Should he violate any parole requirements, he can be returned to prison.

Pistorius will not wear a monitoring device because paroled convicts in South Africa are not required to wear tags or wristbands, according to Department of Corrections authorities. However, an official from the department will be watching him all the time, and he will have to let the official know about any significant changes in his life, like wanting to move or find a job.

Pistorius has insisted that he accidentally shot Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and recent law graduate. In his deposition, he said he thought Steenkamp was a dangerous intruder concealed in his restroom, so in self-defense, he fired his licensed 9 millimeter pistol through the door.

Prosecutors said he killed his girlfriend intentionally during a late-night argument.

Although June Steenkamp stated in a victim statement filed to the parole board that she didn’t think Pistorius had fully healed and was still lying about the killing, her family did not oppose Steenkamp’s parole application in November.

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