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Oscar Pistorius moved to Gqeberha prison as part of parole process

Oscar Pistorius moved to Gqeberha prison as part of parole process

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has confirmed that convicted murderer, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, has been moved to a prison in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape.  This move forms part of a process in which Pistorius is eligible for parole.  He served half of his 13-year sentence.  A warden, who did not want to be named, told the publication that Pistorius is temporarily being kept in a single cell away from everyone else.

Pistorius, a world-famous double-amputee athlete who competed at the 2012 Olympics, has been eligible for parole since July after he was convicted of murder for shooting multiple times through a toilet door in his home on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Pistorius was convicted of murder in 2015 and ultimately sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison.

Steenkamp’s parents live in the Eastern Cape.

“The transfer is necessitated by the need to commence with the processes of a victim-offender-dialogue as the victims are based in Gqeberha. Offenders participate in the victim-offender-dialogue as part of their rehabilitation path, wherein they are able to acknowledge the harm they have caused to their victims and the society at large,” Nxumalo added.

He said the victim-offender-dialogue was an internal process.

“Victim-offender dialogues are sensitive, emotional and inconsolable; hence they are presided [over] by highly trained officials who ought to ensure that all parties derive value from the process. DCS is unable to pre-empt the timeframe as this will be guided by the level of preparedness by all participants.”

He added that victim-offender-dialogues were not a parole placement process, but a programme that took place before an offender could be considered for parole.

Through victim-offender meetings, parents of the victim, have previously said they want to challenge Pistorius on why he shot their daughter. “They (Barry and June) feel that Reeva has got a voice. They are Reeva’s voice, and they owe it to their beloved daughter,” said Tania Koen, the Steenkamps’ lawyer.

On Monday, Legal representatives for both parties told journalists that a parole hearing for Pistorius was scheduled for last month but was canceled, partly because a meeting between Pistorius and Steenkamp’s parents, Barry and June, had not been arranged.

Corrections department officials scheduled the parole hearing for October but it was called off when a full report on Pistorius’ time in prison wasn’t available, said Julian Knight, a lawyer for Pistorius. The date for a new hearing has not yet been set, Knight said.

Both parents of the deceased, Barry and June Steenkamp are asking for a face-to-face meeting with Pistorius before he is considered for early release from prison, as is their right under South Africa’s victim-offender dialogue policy.


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