Thapelo Lekabe

By Thapelo Lekabe

Senior Digital Journalist

June Steenkamp to make representations at Oscar Pistorius’ parole hearing

June Steenkamp will be given an opportunity to read a victim impact statement before a parole board.

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother June is expected to make representations in the parole hearing of her daughter’s convicted killer, Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar Pistorius’ parole hearing

The disgraced Paralympian’s parole hearing will take place on Friday, at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre.

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A parole board will decide whether Pistorius should be released early from prison after he served half of his 13 years and five months sentence for shooting dead his then-girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Offenders in South Africa meet the minimum requirements for parole after serving half of their sentence. 

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Picture File: Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius at the Feather Awards at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/ AFP

Pistorius killed the model after he fired four times through the bathroom door of his Silver Lakes, east of Pretoria, home.

The 36-year-old pleaded not guilty to murder and has constantly maintained he thought Reeva was an intruder.

He was initially sentenced to culpable homicide in 2014 by North Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa, but that conviction was later overturned by an appeals court to murder.

Parole hearing proceedings

Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said Reeva’s mother will be given an opportunity to read a victim impact statement before the parole board.

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Reeva’s father, Barry, will not be present at the parole hearing as he is understood to be unwell to travel.

The Steenkamp family believes that Pistorius has not been honest about what really happened on the day their daughter was killed.

Their victim impact statement is likely to detail the impact Reeva’s murder has had on the family a decade since she was killed.

Pistorius will also be given a chance to make representations to the parole board on why he believes he should be let out early.

Possible parole conditions

Release on parole usually comes with some conditions, such as monitoring from correctional services authorities and the duty to report to a community correction centre. 

Should Pistorius be granted parole, he could face restrictions on alcohol, his ability to own firearms and be required to undergo counselling.

Day parole, where the inmate returns to prison at night, and community service are also on the cards.

Additional reporting by AFP.

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