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Pistorius prepares to be released from prison

Oscar Pistorius will have to spend just 24 more hours behind bars as an incarcerated prisoner.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius makes history by competing in the heats of the 400m of the Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SA Sports Picture Agency.

JOHANNESBURG - Disgraced paralympian Oscar Pistorius will spend the next 24 hours preparing for his release from prison which is scheduled for tomorrow.

Last week, the parole board decided Pistorius should serve the remainder of his five year jail term under correctional supervision.

He was convicted of culpable homicide last year for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day two years ago.

The athlete will have to spend just 24 more hours behind bars as an incarcerated prisoner.

Tomorrow he will be released from the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison.

He will be processed at the Poyntons Centre in Pretoria and will then be taken to his uncle's home the upmarket suburb of Waterkloof.

The precise conditions of his release have not yet been made public but it is expected he will have to do community service and will have to undergo continued psychotherapy.

The athlete's release - after serving just one year in prison - has been met by disappointment from most quarters with women's advocacy groups complaining it is not sufficient for taking a life.

But there is the lurking possibility of a return to jail for Pistorius, his case will be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein in 15 days' time.

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