Oscar’s fate remains uncertain – Independent Online

iol news pic Oscar Pistorius aug17AP Oscar Pistorius. File picture: Themba Hadebe

Pretoria – While Oscar Pistorius’s release from the Kgosi Mampuru 11 Prison in Pretoria is imminent, there was no news by late on Friday when it would be.

Members of the media camped outside the Pretoria jail from on Friday morning, waiting for news from the correctional supervision and parole board.

The board convened at a prison in Durban on Friday to reconsider, among other things, Pistorius’s placing on parole.

A source close to the department told the Pretoria News that the board only convened five or six times a year to reconsider inmates’ placement on parole.

Pistorius’s case is only one of the many to be considered.

It could be that the hearing runs over to Monday, the source said.

Pistorius’s family also appeared to be in the dark as to when he would be released, with family spokeswoman Anneliese Burges by late on Friday saying they had not heard anything.

Justice Minister Michael Mashuta’s spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga, could not be reached for comment. The minister is one of the first expected to hear when Pistorius will be released on parole, as he was the one who referred the matter back to the review board.

A few members of the media meanwhile camped outside the Waterkloof house of Pistorius’s uncle, Arnold, in the hope of getting a glimpse of the blade runner returning home.

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