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Correctional Services confirms Pistorius's parole is set aside

The department's directed that the profile of the offender be referred back to the board for reconsideration.

Oscar Pistorius in the dock as judgment is handed down in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 11 September 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Department has now confirmed the decision to release Oscar Pistorius on correctional supervision has been set aside.

The says the board sat today and its chairperson, Judge Lucy Mailula, concurred with the concerns raised by Minister Michael Masutha that the decision to release the Paralympian was taken prematurely.

It's now directed that the profile of the offender be referred back to the board for reconsideration.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Correctional services spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said, "The parole review board also suggested the offender also be subjected to psychotherapy to address criminal genic factors of the crime he committed. Judge Mailula said the psychotherapy therapy could be implemented if he's placed under correctional supervision."

The board also directed that sentencing remarks should be considered to determine if any order was issued in terms of Section 103 of the Firearms Control Act of 2000, and if not, consideration should be given to impose such a condition for the duration of the sentence.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha appealed the decision because he believed the decision to release the athlete under correctional supervision was made prematurely.

The parole board is now expected to consider Pistorius's application to be released afresh.

It's unclear when the parole board will reconvene, but it now seems more likely that the athlete will still be in prison when his culpable homicide conviction is appealed.

In August, Masutha referred the decision to release the athlete for review after he established that the decision had been taken prematurely.

The minister was approached by the Progressive Women's Movement of South Africa after the group launched a petition against the initial decision, asking why the Blade Runner was due for release during Women's Month.

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