Oscar Pistorius evades attention with low-key release

Correctional Services say his release was the responsibility of management at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison.

Oscar Pistorius is seen at the High Court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius has been released from the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre earlier than expected, with officials confirming that he returned home last night.

Correctional Services say his release was the responsibility of management at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria and it is their prerogative when to release an inmate.

Pistorius, who was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013, was due to be released under correctional supervision today.

The Parole Board met last week to consider his application to be released after spending just less than a year behind bars.

Correctional Services confirmed late last night that the local management at the prison decided to release Pistorius early.

The department's Manelisi Wolela explains that there could have been a number of reasons for this.

"Depending on their discussions with either the lawyers or the affected offender, management may decide against a staged release at which the media is present."

It's understood that Pistorius is now at his uncle Arnold's Waterkloof home.

He'll be under correctional supervision until 2019 and it's understood Pistorius will have to undergo weekly psychiatric treatment and perform community service.

It also says the decision was made in the best interests of all the parties, including the offender, the victim and officials.

It's understood Pistorius was released early in order to avoid a massive media scrum outside the prison and the correctional center in the Pretoria CBD today, but the international correspondents and their cameras are now lined up outside the house in Waterkloof, waiting for any news.