PARALYMPIC gold medallist Pistorius was due to be released into house arrest on August 21 after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
However Justice Minister Michael Masutha, blocked his proposed release saying procedure had not been followed.
Pistorius was found guilty last September of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, after he fired four 9mm shots through a locked toilet door killing 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp.
During the trial, prosecutors argued Pistorius had killed Steenkamp deliberately after a row. Pistorius said he thought she was an intruder.
Prosecutors are appealing the verdict, arguing it should be murder because Pistorius must have known when he fired that the person behind the door could be killed. The appeal is due to be heard in November.
Pistorius was once considered one of the ultimate symbols of triumph over adversity, fighting authorities to become the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Olympics.
In a country with one of the world’s highest rates of violent crime and where many still live in poverty, there is limited sympathy for Pistorius. – Reuters