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Pistorius parole approved but with conditions

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Oscar Pistorius came up for parole on Friday at Atteridgeville Correctional Service Centre.

He will be spending his Christmas behind bars as he is set for release on January 5, 2024.

This after he spent a total of eight years behind bars for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Steenkamp family spokesperson Rob Matthews said Pistorius’ parole and release were granted under strict conditions.

He was the Steenkamp family’s victim representative at the hearing. He delivered June Steenkamp’s victim impact statement to the media.

Matthews is the father of murdered student Leigh Matthews.

The Steenkamps got to know Rob and Sharon Matthews as they share a legal representative, Eastern Cape lawyer, Tania Koen.

The Department of Correctional Services will oversee the process and parole.

Matthews said as a condition, Pistorius would have to undergo therapy for his anger issues.

Correctional Service spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed the parole board approved Pistorius for parole.

Pistorius will have to do pre-release programmes before January 5 to prepare him to be integrated into society.

His parole will run until 2029.

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