Correctional Services slams tabloid reports on Oscar Pistorius

UK tabloids say Pistorius isn’t eligible for correctional supervision as a device can’t be fitted to his legs.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his sentencing on 17 October 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Correctional Services Department has dismissed reports Oscar Pistorius wouldn't be eligible for correctional supervision because an electronic device couldn't be fitted to his prosthetic legs.

British tabloid newspapers falsely claimed this week that South African law required such monitoring devices to be fitted to a person's ankle, which precluded the former athlete as a house arrest candidate.

Pistorius was last month sentenced to five years behind bars after being convicted of culpable homicide for the 2013 Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The Correctional Services Department has cited provisions in the legislation, which state electronic monitoring devices may be fitted to a person's ankle or wrist provided it does not cause a risk to the person's health.

It has slammed international media reports that Pistorius would not be eligible for house arrest because of his disability as disingenuous and untruthful.

The department says, in terms of the regulation, monitoring devices must be compact, unobtrusive and allow the person to carry out their normal daily activities.