NPA still confident in Pistorius appeal

Pistorius's lawyers have indicated the NPA's application for leave to appeal will be challenged in court.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's confident its attempt to appeal the Oscar Pistorius conviction and sentence will succeed despite opposition from the athlete's defence team.

The NPA has confirmed it received official notice from the Blade Runner's lawyers this morning indicating that the application for leave to appeal will be challenged in court.

Pistorius is serving a five year sentence after being found guilty of culpable homicide in September for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four times through a bathroom door on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius's legal team filed an official notice today indicating that it will oppose prosecutor Gerrie Nel's application for leave to appeal.

The defence will need to set out its grounds for the objections later and will argue them in court.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says a date for this is yet to be set.

"We are waiting for the honourable Judge Thokozile Masipa to provide us with the dates on which both parties will have to go and present their arguments."

In his appeal papers, Nel described the conviction and sentence as shockingly inappropriate and challenged the judge's interpretation of dolus eventualis.

The state hopes to convince Judge Masipa that a different court may reach a different verdict.