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SOUTH AFRICA: Oscar Pistorius Parole Hearing Set For 31ST March

Convicted double-amputee Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius’ parole hearing to determine his likely release after serving half of his 15-year sentence, will take place on 31 March.

After a convoluted series of legal battles, Pistorius was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he said he had shot through a toilet door in the belief that she was an intruder.

Tania Koen, who is representing Steenkamp’s parents, and the Department of Correctional Services both declined to comment on the upcoming parole hearing.

Last month, Steenkamp’s father, Barry, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme why he took the decision to meet with Oscar Pistorius, as part of the South Africa Victim-Offender dialogue.

Barry said: “I’m sure that he did have remorse after shooting Reeva… I asked him certain questions, all June [Reeva’s mother] and I wanted to know is the truth – and we think that he killed her out of anger.

“I cut our chat short, because I didn’t get the answers I wanted. “It was very traumatising for me and June who wasn’t there.

“We feel it’s not true, the version that he gave.”

 Fearing that she would not be able to control her actions if she was in the same room as Pistorius, Steenkamp’s mother decided not to visit.

The couple now run the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation in their daughter’s honour, to help victims of domestic abuse.

Now that he has served over half of his sentence, Pistorius is able to qualify for parole.