What is the value of human life in South Africa? 10 months, it seems. On Monday, Correctional Services officials confirmed that Paralympian Oscar Pistorius would walk out of prison on 21 August this year. He won’t be a free man – he’ll be released into house arrest – but he’ll have spent less than a year behind bars. REBECCA DAVIS takes a look at what his life might look like.
“Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough.” That’s how the parents of Reeva Steenkamp put it in a letter submitted to the parole board tasked with dealing with Oscar Pistorius’ case.
But the concerns of June and Barry Steenkamp – that a ten-month sentence for the killing of their daughter does not send out a sufficiently stern message of deterrence – will not be enough to keep Pistorius in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria beyond August.
South Africans have responded with shock on social media to the imminent release of Pistorius, but this course of events was virtually guaranteed from the moment Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced the athlete to five years in jail for culpable homicide.
Procedurally, there is nothing untoward about Pistorius…
Source : Daily Maverick