‘Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years’

The parole board announced this week Pistorius will be released & placed under correctional supervision.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 7 August 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Progressive Women's Movement says Oscar Pistorius should have been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp, which it hopes will happen if the state successfully appeals his conviction.

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide last year for killing Steenkamp on Valentine's Day two years ago.

The parole board announced on Thursday that the athlete will be released from prison, to be placed under correctional supervision.

Pistorius is expected to be released from the Kgosi Mampuru Correction Centre in just three days' time.

The Progressive Women's Movement's Jacqui Mofokeng says they hope the athlete will be returning soon after the state's appeal two weeks later.

"We wish that there should be a steeper sentence of at least 15 to 20 years. We're standing by the National Prosecuting Authority as they go to their appeal."

Pistorius will be subject to strict conditions under house arrest, which includes community service and weekly psychiatric sessions.