Prosecutors push for Pistorius murder conviction

The athlete is serving a five-year prison sentence for killing Reeva Steenkamp.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius during his sentencing at the High Court in Pretoria on, 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Just days before the second anniversary of Reeva Steenkamp's death, prosecutors are pushing ahead with their attempts to convict Oscar Pistorius of murder instead of culpable homicide.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has given notice of its intention to appeal the paralympian's conviction.

The blade runner is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for the 2013 Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend.

Prosecutors formally served the notice on Pistorius's lawyers on 6 February 2015 and they were filed in the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal on 9 February 2015.

The NPA will now have to wait for the transcripts of the record of the trial before filing their argument.

Only then will they be given a date for a possible hearing in Bloemfontein.

In December, Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the state leave to appeal Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction.

Prosecutors want the decision overturned and for the athlete to be convicted of murder, which will carry with it a 15-year jail term.