AUGUST 21 – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, will be released on probation.
South African authorities said Pistorius will be released after a recommendation from South Africa’s correctional services department.
Under South African law, Pistorius is eligible for release under “correctional supervision” having served a sixth of his sentence.
The Paralympic star was acquitted on murder charges. A state appeal against the ruling is due in November.
The double amputee shot and killed Ms Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his Pretoria home, believing she was an intruder, he told his trial.
Ms Steenkamp’s parents have said that the time he has served (10 months) is not enough.
South African commissioner of correctional services Zach Modise told the BBC that the case management committee at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, where Pistorius is being held, made the recommendation in early June.