Justice Minister Michael Masutha has announced that Olympian Oscar Pistorius may not be released from prison on Friday, as his parole bid has been referred to a correctional supervision and parole review board.
“The consequence of this decision is that the earlier decision of the Parole Board to place the offender under correctional supervision is suspended until the Parole Review Board has decided on the matter,” the judge announced.
Masutha called the decision to release Pistorius from prison “premature.”
South African law states that Pistorius serve one-sixth of his sentence before being considered for parole. Last October, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his then-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013. He was found guilty for culpable homicide.
Pistorius' family says they are “shocked and disappointed” that he will not be released on Friday.
Pistorius rose to fame as the first athlete to compete in both the Paralympics and Olympics at the 2012 Summer Games in London. Pistorius had both legs amputated below the knee at the age of 11 months.
- Christopher Chavez