'Pistorius could be out of jail within two months'

In terms of his sentence conditions, Oscar Pistorius is eligible for house arrest as early as August.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius is seen at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014 when he was found guilty of culpable homicide. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The Correctional Services Department says it has recommended to the Parole Board that Oscar Pistorius be released on probation on 21 August, three months before an appeal of his murder acquittal is set to be heard.

The Supreme Court of Appeal has confirmed it will hear the State's appeal against Pistorius's murder acquittal in November.

In September 2014 Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, but rather delivered a guilty ruling on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

He was also found guilty of the negligent discharging of a firearm at Tasha's restaurant.

In October he was handed a sentence of five years for culpable homicide and three years, wholly suspended, for the Tasha's shooting, with the two sentences to run concurrently.

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Pistorius is at present serving out this sentence in the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria.

In terms of his sentence condition, the Paralympian is eligible for house arrest as early as August.

Correctional Services acting national commissioner Zach Modise says Pistorius could be released from prison within the next two months.

"An application has been made by the case management committee of the Kgosi Mampuru Prison to the Parole Board that Mr Oscar Pistorius should be considered for probation on 21 August of this year," says


Meanwhile, an official at the Supreme Court of Appeal says while an exact date has not yet been set for the State's appeal against Pistorius's murder acquittal, the court has undertaken to hear the matter in November.

The State has until the middle of August to file its papers, while the athlete has until September to respond.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013, allegedly because he mistook her for an intruder.