'Oscar's release makes no difference to us'

The Steenkamp family says Pistorius's release makes no difference because Reeva will never come back.

FILE. Reeva Steenkamp's parents, June and Barry.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Reeva Steenkamp's relatives say Oscar Pistorius's release from prison makes no difference to them.

The convicted killer and Paralympian was released under correctional supervision last night, having served just under one year of his five-year jail term for killing Steenkamp in 2013.

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The Steenkamp family's spokesperson Tanya Coen says, "To them it does not matter whether he was released yesterday, a few hours earlier or a few hours later, whether he remains incarcerated or not. It makes no difference to their lives because Reeva is still not coming back."

At the same time, the Pistorius' family says while they are happy to have him home, his sentence continues.

The family says that like the public, they expected Pistorius to be released today and the decision to release him was made by management at the prison.

Spokesperson Anneliese Burgess says Pistorius is at his uncle Arnold's Waterkloof home, but she could not divulge his emotional state.

She stressed the family wants it to be made clear that Pistorius is not free and that his sentence has not been shortened.

"It's very important for the family to emphasise that Oscar's sentence has not been shortened or reduced. He is simply entering the next phase of his sentence now. He will serve this under strict conditions that govern correctional supervision."

At this stage, Burgess could also not say what Pistorius's parole conditions are, but they will be made clear over time.