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Oscar Pistorius's appeal set for 3 November

Pistorius is serving a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria during sentencing procedures for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 13 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has confirmed it will hear the appeal in the Oscar Pistorius case in the first week of November.

The state is appealing the athlete's culpable homicide conviction, arguing that he should have been found guilty of murder.

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

The SCA in Bloemfontein will hear the Pistorius matter on 3 November.

Judges Lex Mpati, Nonkosi Mhlantla, Eric Leach, Steven Majiedt and Elizabeth Baartman will hear the appeal.

The state is arguing that Judge Thokozile Masipa incorrectly applied the principle of 'dolus eventualis' and should have found the athlete guilty of murder.

Pistorius's defence however contends that the judge was correct in her decision, and that the state is simply trying to re-introduce its failed case against the Blade Runner.

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