NPA awaits court date to appeal Pistorius conviction

Saturday will mark exactly two years since the athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius watches proceedings during the first day of his murder trial on 3 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is now waiting for a court date in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) where it will appeal Oscar Pistorius's culpable homicide conviction.

Saturday will mark exactly two years since the athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Last year Judge Thokozile Masipa acquitted Pistorius of murder but found him guilty of culpable homicide, sending him to jail for five years.

The state has labelled the sentence as ' shockingly inappropriate'.

The NPA's Velekhaya Mgobhozi says they have now filed papers in the High Court in Pretoria.

"We're not sure yet when the matter is going to be going to court. The record will still have to be transcribed and there are still some papers to be submitted between the parties."

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.