Steenkamps unperturbed by Pistorius parole saga

The Steenkamps don't welcome the decision delaying the parole, nor do they feel any relief at the news.

FILE. Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche.

JOHANNESBURG - Reeva Steenkamp's family say they don't welcome the decision delaying Oscar Pistorius's release on parole, nor do they feel any relief at the news.

They've responded to Wednesday's surprise announcement by Justice Minister Michael Masutha to suspend the Paralympic athlete's release from prison.

A panel of three judges will now be tasked with deciding whether the decision to grant Pistorius parole was legitimate.

June and Barry Steenkamp were surprised by Wednesday's announcement, but their lawyer Tania Koen said they did not necessarily welcome the decision.

"They don't have any feelings of revenge towards Pistorius, but in general they just feel that for somebody that committed a crime such as this, by taking someone's life, 10 months is not enough. They're not happy about the decision."

Koen said the Steenkamps' focus is on their daughter and not Pistorius.

The family actually spent the day at Summerstrand Beach in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, marking what would have been Reeva's thirty-second birthday.

To read a full statement on Pistorius's parole review from the Justice Department, _ click here_.

To learn more about Reeva's story, _ click here_.

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