Parole board to meet today over Pistorius application

The athlete is serving time in prison for killing his girlfriend more than two years ago.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius is greeted by his father Henke at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

PERTORIA - The Correctional Services Parole Board is expected to convene today to consider Oscar Pistorius's application to be released under correctional supervision.

Last week the board postponed the matter to consult with Reeva Steenkamp's parents.

The athlete is serving a five year prison term for killing his girlfriend more than two years ago.

P istorius family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess confirmed the athlete's case will now be heard on 21 October.

The Steenkamp family, through their attorney, said they will not be making further submission to the parole board and will simply resubmit their previous letter.

The family believes that 10-month prison term is not appropriate for someone who has taken a life.

Their submission seemingly didn't dissuade the board from releasing Pistorius when it convened in June, so it's unlikely to have an effect now.

Barry and June Steenkamp's attorney Tania Koen said nothing has changed for the couple since their submission at Pistorius's hearing in June.

"They just want justice to take its course. We will not be making any further submissions. The original submission that we made to the parole board, we will resubmit."

When the board met a week ago a decision was announced mid-morning, so it's only a few hours before the athlete will find out if and when he can go home.