Pistorius parole to be reviewed in September

The Paralympian was initially due for release on correctional supervision last Friday.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria in 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - It has been confirmed that Oscar Pistorius' s parole will be reviewed on 18 September.

The Blade Runner was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He was due for release on correctional supervision last Friday after serving 10 months of his sentence, but justice minister Michael Masutha announced that his parole bid had been suspended.

The bid has been sent to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board which will consider the matter next month.

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

In a short statement issued last week, the athlete's family said they had not made any decision on whether to challenge Masutha's decision or not and they were taking their time to calmly consider the way forward.

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

'REEVA WANTED TO LEAVE PISTORIUS'

In a new interview with an Australian broadcaster, Barry and June Steenkamp this week claimed Pistorius murdered their daughter Reeva because she wanted to leave him.

While Barry and June had hinted before that they didn't believe Pistorius's version of events, they made it clear they believed it was cold-blooded murder.

Reeva's mother told the Australian broadcaster that 10 months in jail was not an appropriate sentence, adding that she believed Reeva had packed her bags to leave Pistorius on the morning she was killed.

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_.