Steenkamp family: 10 months for killing Reeva not enough

Reeva Steenkamp’s parents are shocked by the recommendation Oscar Pistorius be released by August.

FILE: Barry and June Steenkamp, parents of Reeva Steenkamp, listen as judgment is handed down in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria on 11 September 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Reeva Steenkamp's parents say they are shocked by the recommendation that their daughter's killer be released on probation as early as August.

The Department of Correctional Services confirmed today that it has suggested to the parole board that Oscar Pistorius be considered for 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 Pistorius was found not guilty of murdering Steenkamp, but rather found guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide for the Valentine's Day shooting and killing of his girlfriend in 2013.

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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June and Barry Steenkamp's attorney, Tania Koen, says her clients have forgiven her killer, but they believe 10 months in prison does not fit the crime.

"They were shocked because not even 10 months have passed and he will be eligible for parole in August already."

Acting prisons boss Zach Modise says Pistorius has complied with the provisions of his sentence.

"It was expected that he will undergo particular programmes and be able to manage his anger well. Seeing that he has done all of those programmes it has now been recommended that he be released."

An appeal of the athlete's murder acquittal has been set for November.


The following submission was made by the Steenkamp family to the parole board:

"We have forgiven Mr Pistorius, even though he took the life of our precious daughter Reeva. Our lives will never be the same as we live with the sadness of her death every day. Reeva had so much to offer this world and we were all robbed of her life when she was killed. As her family we do not seek to avenge her death and we do not want Mr Pistorius to suffer, that will not bring her back to us. However, a person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions. Statistics show that our society is under continuous attack from criminals and murderers. Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough. We fear this will not send out the proper message and serve as the deterrent that it should."