Oscar Pistorius will be released on probation by 21 August after a recommendation from South Africa’s correctional services department.

The Olympic athlete was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Under South African law he is eligible for release under “correctional supervision” having served a sixth of his sentence.

A state appeal against his acquittal on murder charges is due in November.

South African Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise told the media that the case management committee at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, where Pistorius is being held, made the recommendation last week.

The double amputee shot and killed Ms Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his Pretoria home, believing she was an intruder, he told his trial.

In March a Johannesburg court blocked his legal team’s attempts to stop the prosecutors’ appeal. – Zambia Times

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