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Oscar Pistorius to abide by stringent parole conditions

The SCA will hear his case in early November and it could decide if he is guilty of murder.

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother June Steenkamp at a press conference ahead of a discussion on her book ‘Reeva, a Mother’s Story’, released last year, on 10 March 2015 at the University of Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius will now have to abide by strict conditions imposed on him as he spends the next four years at home under correctional supervision.

He was released from prison on Monday night after serving one year of his five year sentence for the 2013 shooting of his girlfriend.

His focus will also shift to the appeal court which is due to hear his case in two weeks' time.

While the precise conditions placed on Pistorius have not been made public, his family says they are strict and the athlete will abide by them.

Correctional Services says it has released sufficient information on Pistorius and his privacy should not be invaded.

But Pistorius's release to his uncle's home in Waterkloof may be short lived.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear his case in early November and it could decide he is guilty of murder which carries with it a lengthy 15-year jail term.

That would mean Pistorius would have to return to prison again.

At the same time, the Pistorius' family says while they are happy to have him home, his sentence continues.

The family says that like the public, they expected Pistorius to be released today and the decision to release him was made by management at the prison.

Spokesperson Anneliese Burgess said Pistorius is at his uncle Arnold's Waterkloof home, but she could not divulge his emotional state.

She stressed the family wants it to be made clear that Pistorius is not free and that his sentence has not been shortened.

"It's very important for the family to emphasise that Oscar's sentence has not been shortened or reduced. He is simply entering the next phase of his sentence now. He will serve this under strict conditions that govern correctional supervision."

JUNE TO DELIVER SPEECH

Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, will deliver the speech her daughter was due to give on the day she died, at a Port Elizabeth school today.

The model's family says they are focusing on her legacy, rather than on Pistorius's release from prison.

Reeva was scheduled to deliver a speech to a school in Johannesburg on the day she died.

Today, her mother June will make that same speech to a school in Port Elizabeth.

The family's lawyer, Tania Koen, says Reeva's parents are focusing on her memory

"Reeva was focusing on educating the youth and on helping victims of abuse in South Africa. So that's what June and Barry are doing now, they're continuing the work that Reeva had started."

The family is putting their energy into a trust set up in the model's name.

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