Pistorius camp mum over parole review

Pistorius was scheduled to leave prison today, but Michael Masutha has referred his case to a review board.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 7 August 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - On the day Oscar Pistorius was scheduled to leave prison, his family says they're still considering how to respond to the last minute decision to review his parole.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced this week that he believed the decision 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, 2013 and was scheduled to be released under correctional supervision today.

Pistorius's supporters have been counting down the days to his release, since it was announced in June.

But all hopes of having the athlete home after serving just 10 months of his sentence were dashed three days ago.

In a short statement issued on Thursday, the athlete's family says they've not made any decision on whether to challenge Masutha's decision just yet.

They say they're taking their time to calmly consider the way forward.

LISTEN: Justice Minister Michael Masutha discusses the Oscar Pistorius parole review.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department issued a statement on Thursday saying that it would no longer be commenting on this matter, because it's now in the hands of the parole review board, which is an independent structure.

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_.

To view this week's EWN cartoon on Oscar Pistorius, _ click here_.