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Pistorius to face his fate

The athlete may be given a lengthy sentence, community service or house arrest.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the Pretoria High Court on 16 October 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius will on Tuesday learn whether he will serve a prison sentence or simply walk out of court.

The athlete may be given a lengthy sentence, community service or even house arrest after being found guilty of culpable homicide for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will hand down sentencing in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday morning.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the 'Blade Runner' is being treated the same as any other person awaiting sentencing.

He was reacting to testimony provided by acting national correctional services commissioner Zach Modise, who was last week called to testify by the state.

"We were stating the facts," the minister said.

Masutha also reacted to an Eyewitness News exclusive report that a special single cell has been prepared for Pistorius should he be sent to prison.

The minister says this is normal practice.

"It applies across the board and has nothing to do with whether you're rich or poor. It's a constitutional and legal responsibility we have."

Earlier today, Pistorius's siblings spoke out ahead of sentencing.

They said not a single person linked to the athlete or the Steenkamp family had gone untouched by the tragedy.

Aimee and Carl Pistorius made the comments to American news channel CNN.

"It's never going to be over because something like this changes my brother's life, our lives, the Steenkamp [family] and their friends."

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