Justice Minister Steps in to STOP Oscar Pistorius RELEASE from Prison if it is deemed necessary. Justice Minister Michael Masutha is getting legal advice on the impending release of Oscar Pistorius so he can ”intervene if necessary”.
Pistorius is due to be released on parole on Friday after completing 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Department of Justice spokes-man Mtunzi Mhaga said last night that Masutha had received a petition from the Progressive Women’s League of SA objecting to Pistorius’ release. The minister would satisfy himself whether the decision taken by the parole board, and the process followed, was correct, and communicate his decision by Friday.
Advocate Manny Witz believes Masutha is merely ensuring that all the stipulated pre-release procedures have been followed to the letter. He said Pistorius would have undergone psychiatric testing and tests to establish whether he was suitable for release.
In June the parole board recommended Pistorius’s release under house arrest. He will live in a cottage on a property of his uncle, Arnold Pistorius.