Former South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, on parole from Friday, will leave prison almost eleven years after the murder of his partner Reeva Steenkamp with a ban on speaking in the media, confirmed on Wednesday the prison administration.
“Just like other people on parole, Pistorius is not allowed to give interviews to the media,” the administration said in a statement. “The fact that Pistorius is known to the general public does not make him different from other detainees and does not justify special treatment.”
Oscar Pistorius, 37, was granted early release at the end of November. South African justice provides that a convict can benefit from parole once half of his sentence has expired.
The former athlete is due to be released from a prison on the outskirts of the capital Pretoria on Friday. Neither the time nor the logistical details were revealed by the authorities, for “security” reasons.
No opportunity will be given to journalists present in front of the prison “to take photos or images of Pistorius”, warned the prison administration.
The six-time Paralympic champion amputee of both legs, who entered sporting legend at the 2012 Olympic Games in London by lining up with the able-bodied in the 400 meters, was sentenced during his appeal trial in 2017 to 13 years and five months of seclusion.
On the night of February 13-14, 2013, he shot dead model Reeva Steenkamp, 29, by shooting four times through a door of her ultra-secure Pretoria home.
“Blade Runner”, as he is nicknamed in reference to his carbon prostheses, has always claimed to have believed in the presence of an intruder. The affair excited the world.
When his early release was announced, the victim's mother, June Steenkamp, said she still did not believe "Oscar's version" and said she was convinced that the latter "did not rehabilitate himself" in detention.
As part of his placement on parole until the end of his sentence in 2029, Oscar Pistorius must notably undergo therapy on anger management and violence against women.