Oscar Pistorius Denied Early Release From Prison

Oscar Pistorius' appeal for parole has been denied.

Today (31 March), the ex-Paralympic champion was informed that his murder conviction for the killing of his wife, Reeva Steenkamp, was not accepted.

Pistorius has asserted his innocence for more than ten years, contending that he unintentionally shot his wife at his residence on Valentine's Day in 2013, believing she was an intruder.

Although he pleaded his case, the 36-year-old was ultimately convicted of murder and given a sentence of 13 years and five months in prison, following an initial ruling of manslaughter.

After completing half of his sentence, Pistorius became qualified for parole.

The South African Department of Correctional Services clarified that Pistorius was not granted parole because he had not completed the necessary duration of his sentence.

The organization stated in a released statement after the verdict: "The Department of Correctional Services has received the decision of the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board (CSPB) on the parole consideration for inmate Oscar Leonard Pistorius."

"The CSPB granted inmate Pistorius a further profile for August 2024."

"The reason provided is that the inmate did not complete the minimum Detention Period as ruled by the Supreme Court of Appeal(SCA) (as per the clarification provided on 28 March 2023)."

Before the verdict, June Steenkamp, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, expressed her belief that he should not be released.

According to attorney Tania Koen, the parents of Reeva Steenkamp do not believe Pistorius has been rehabilitated unless he confesses the truth about what occurred to their daughter.

She said: "She doesn't feel that he must be released."

"He's the killer of their daughter. For them, it's a life sentence."

"For them, it's 10 missed birthdays, 10 Mother's Days, 10 Father's Days, 10 Christmases."

Following his conviction, Pistorius was first sent to Kgosi Mampuru II prison, which is known to be one of South Africa's most infamous maximum-security prisons.

For the last seven years, the former athlete has been incarcerated at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre located in Pretoria.

He was relocated to Atteridgeville because it is better equipped for prisoners with disabilities.

According to Julian Knight, Pistorius's lawyer for parole, the former sprinter has been an exemplary inmate.

During a 2018 interview, his father, Henke Pistorius, mentioned that he was conducting Bible classes for fellow prisoners.

Nonetheless, there were instances of conflict as Pistorius incurred an injury from a disagreement with another prisoner concerning a public telephone back in 2017.

One year prior, he was treated for injuries to his wrists, which his family refuted were self-inflicted.

Since 2021, Pistorius has been pursuing parole; however, a hearing that same year was canceled, partly because he had not yet engaged in a victim-offender dialogue with Mr. and Mrs. Steenkamp.