Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is eligible for parole. Correctional Services officials say the department has been in contact with Reeva Steenkamp’s parents via a Victim-Offender Dialogue (VOD) programme. Pistorius has already served eight years of his 15-year jail term for Steenkamp’s murder. She died on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius claimed that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the bathroom.
The High Court in Pretoria initially convicted Pistorius of culpable homicide. The Supreme Court of Appeal later overturned the conviction. The court found Pistorius guilty of murder under the principle of Dolus Eventualis. His sentence was increased from six years to 15 years.
Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says officials have already met with Barry and June Steenkamp. He explains that before an offender is considered for parole, they have to participate in certain programmes. The programmes are aimed at preparing them for a crime-free life beyond incarceration.