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Pistorius probation: Correctional Services defends recommendation

Oscar Pistorius may be released on probation after serving only 10-months for Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his sentencing on 17 October 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Correctional Services Department has made it clear that the appeal against Oscar Pistorius's murder acquittal did not affect its recommendation that he be released from prison as early as August.

The department on Monday confirmed that it has made a recommendation to the Parole Board that the athlete be considered for probation within the next two months.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has also confirmed the state's appeal against his acquittal will be heard in November.

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide last year after the 2013 Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

WATCH: Pistorius cleared of murder charge

Pistorius could be serving his sentence at home three months before the state gets to argue why he should be convicted of murder instead of culpable homicide.

Acting National Commissioner for the Correctional Services Department, Zach Modise, said the pending appeal was not a consideration when making its recommendation to the Parole Board.

"The conduct of Pistorius while he has been in prison, it was expected that he should undergo particular programmes. Seeing that he's done all of those programmes, he has now been recommended to be released on probation."

The department said Pistorius had complied with conditions of his sentence, such as attending various programmes, including an anger management course.

STEENKAMP FAMILY REACTS

Steenkamp's parents have told the board that a 10-month sentence is inappropriate for some who has taken a life.

Reeva's parents said news that her killer could be out of prison within two months, after serving less than a year of a five-year sentence, has re-opened old wounds.

Barry and June Steenkamp said releasing the Blade Runner in August would not send out the proper message to criminals, and not serve as a deterrent.

Their attorney Tania Koen said the Correctional Services' recommendation came as a shock.

"Both June and Barry are shocked about this and are going through a very tough time emotionally. This just opens up those wounds."

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