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Full bench of judges to decide on Oscar Pistorius conviction

A legal expert says the matter will be heard by a full bench of SCA judges, not just one.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The fate of Oscar Pistorius and the question of whether he is in fact a murderer will now be decided by as many as five judges in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein.

Judge Thokozile Masipa on Wednesday granted the state leave to appeal the athlete's culpable homicide conviction, which is expected to be heard within the next year.

Her decision again places the double amputee in jeopardy of a murder conviction and a possible 15-year jail sentence.

WATCH: NPA: Justice has prevailed in Pistorius appeal

Pistorius was sentenced to five-years in prison for the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Legal expert Zola Majavu says the matter will be heard by a full bench of judges, not just one.

"Depending on the complexities and importance of the matter, up to five judges may sit in the SCA."

These judges are well prepared and require counsel to only present argument.

"Matters of this nature do not drag for days on end because the judges would have had ample time to consider all the material that they need to enable them to make a decision."

WATCH: Pistorius conviction appeal granted

Despite the possibility of Pistorius having his culpable homicide conviction overturned, his father Henke says he's proud of the way South Africa's justice system works.

He says he believes that while the court made a few correct calls during the trial, it also missed a few.

"Were they always right is clearly not the case, were they always wrong is clearly also not the case. But we're proud of the system. It should not have taken this long."

WATCH: Henke Pistorius: Oscar is keeping 'strong'

Oscar's father says whatever happens, he knows his son will cope.

"He has to be strong. He grew up like that. There are a lot of things in life, especially for a man like him that is not fair."

He says the legal process still has a while to go before all is said and done.

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