Uncertainty still looms over Pistorius's release

Even if the review panel makes a decision on the matter, Pistorius could remain in jail for another week.

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

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News understands that even if the parole board review panel makes a decision on the Oscar Pistorius matter today it could still be another week before he's released from prison.

Last month, Justice Minister Michael Masutha referred the decision to release the athlete under correctional supervision for review saying the decision had been taken prematurely.

Pistorius is serving a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day two years ago.

Despite the high-profile nature of the offender, information on Pistorius's parole board review panel has been scarce, with the relevant departments unwilling to comment.

The Correctional Services Department has declined to answer any questions on the process to be followed, instead referring questions to the Justice Department, which has told EWN it's not familiar with the process.

However, attorney Ulrich Roux says it may still be some time before Pistorius is released.

"Numerous administrative procedures will have to take place before Oscar is released. They have up to four months to make this decision."

The appeal against the Paralympian's culpable homicide conviction is scheduled to be heard in November.