Pistorius’s bail terms clarified

Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock of the Pretoria Magistrates Court during his bail hearing in February. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius's publicist on Tuesday clarified the murder accused’s bail conditions.

Journalists spent Monday morning camped outside the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria waiting for Pistorius to arrive, but it later emerged the Blade Runner did not have to check in there twice-weekly as was widely reported.

Pistorius did, however, meet with Correctional Services officials to discuss visitation procedures.

The Olympian is accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.

According to his bail conditions, Pistorius will be supervised by a probation officer and an official from the Department for Correctional Services.

The officers may request to visit Pistorius at any time and may also test him for drugs and alcohol.

They will also provide weekly reports to both the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Pistorius's defence team regarding his mental health and emotional state.

The athlete must pay for any consultations he may be instructed to undergo with healthcare providers.

The Department of Correctional Services yesterday brushed off concerns that officers visiting Pistorius at home is preferential treatment.

Correctional Services deputy chief commissioner James Smalberger said there were about 1,700 accused being visited by the department's probation officers.

Pistorius is staying at a relative’s house in Waterkloof, after the magistrate who presided over his bail hearing barred him from returning to the crime scene.

He is out on R1 million bail and is due back in court on 4 June.