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Correctional Services still mum on Pistorius parole hearing

The review panel has the discretion to reserve judgment and consider the matter before making its decision.

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 - There's been no conformation yet from the Correctional Services Department on the outcome of Oscar Pistorius' s parole review panel hearing.

The panel was expected to convene in Johannesburg today to consider the athlete's case after failing to do so three weeks ago due to a high case load.

Pistorius is serving a five year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day two years ago but is now eligible to be released under correctional supervision.

The department is expected to relay the review panel's decision once it is made but that could be any time between now and the next few months.

The review panel has the discretion to reserve judgment and consider the matter before making its decision.

With the appeal just three weeks away, the athlete may still be behind bars when his culpable homicide eviction is challenged in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

If the state is successful Pistorius may be spending a considerably longer period in prison.

After the parole board granted his release under correctional supervision in, Justice Minister Michael Masutha referred the matter for review because he believed the decision was taken prematurely.

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