Panel to review Oscar Pistorius’s parole

Oscar Pistorius was scheduled for release in August, but the Justice Minister referred the matter for review.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after his sentencing hearing on 17 October 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - The parole board review panel will convene today to consider Oscar Pistorius's placement under correctional supervision.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha referred the decision to release the athlete for review after he established that 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.

The parole review board, which includes three judges will now decide whether Pistorius should be released under correctional supervision.

The Department of Correctional Services has declined to provide any further details about the process that will be followed, so it's unclear when the athlete or the public will know the decision.

Pistorius was scheduled for release in August, but days before he was scheduled to go home justice minister referred the matter for review.

Masutha says in terms of the law, the parole board should only have considered the offender for release after he had served a sixth of his sentence, which meant he was considered for release prematurely.

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

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_.