Pistorius family considering way forward on parole saga

The athlete is serving a 5-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius reacts as judgment is handed down in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 12 September 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's family say they have not made any decision on whether to challenge Justice Minister Michael Masutha's decision to review the athlete's parole.

Masutha yesterday announced he believed the decision to grant parole was premature and not legally supported and has referred the matter to a review board.

The athlete is serving a five year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 and was scheduled to be released under correctional supervision on Friday.

In a brief statement, Pistorius's family say no decision on legal action has been taken and the family will take its time to calmly consider the way forward.

BDK attorney's Ulrich Roux believes the minister's decision could be successfully challenged.

"The way he's interpreted it is that a person will inevitably always serve longer than one sixth of because he can only apply for parole once he has served that period so I think it's open for interpretation."

Attorney Julian Knight described the minister's decision as strange and questioned the timing of it.

While it remains unclear whether Pistorius's legal team will lodge an urgent application to have a review of his parole set aside attorneys say there's a good chance of success if they do.

His legal team has remained mum on whether they'll approach the courts to secure the convicted killer's release.