Oscar Pistorius to remain behind bars

His defence team says the decision to release his under correctional supervision has been set aside.

Oscar Pistorius during his murder case in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on 19 August 2013. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's legal team says the decision to release their client under correctional supervision has been set aside however there has been no official confirmation of this.

If correct, it means the matter will be referred back to the parole board to consider.

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.

The Correctional Services Department is yet to confirm this latest development.

The panel was supposed to have made a decision three weeks ago, but because of a high case load was unable to consider the Pistorius matter.

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.

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.