Dec 7, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Oscar Pistorius transferred back to Atteridgeville correctional facility after meeting with Steenkamp family

Convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius met with the family of his late girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for a victim-offender dialogue (VOD) last month.

According to a Facebook post by the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation, has Reeva’s father, Barry, and Pistorius met on June 22.

“A word of sincere gratitude to the Department of Correctional Services, particularly the staff at St.

The Steenkamps lost on Valentine’s Day their only child, Reeva, in 2013. She was dating Pistorius and had stayed at his posh home in Waterkloof, where he shot her dead in the early hours of the morning through a locked bathroom door.

Pistorius claimed to have acted under the mistaken belief that she was a intruder and he protects her. The state claimed he shot her during a heated argument in which Steenkamp locked herself in the bathroom with her phone.

Pistorius was initially found guilty of manslaughter in 2014.

2015 , the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) reversed the guilty manslaughter conviction and convicted Pistorius of murder and sentenced him to 13 years and five months in prison.

On Friday, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) confirmed . Pistorius was transferred back to Atteridgeville Correctional Facility.

“It was November 2021 when DCS issued a statement on the need for Pistorius to be included in the St Victim-Offender Dialogue (VOD) since the victims in Gqeberha were resident. DCS can now confirm that the VOD process has been completed,” said department spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo.

Nxumalo said the transfer means Pistorius will continue to serve his sentence at Atteridgeville Correctional Center because of his participation in the VOD not equate to an end of prison sentence or placement on probation.

“It must be emphasized that inmates are required to participate in VOD as part of their rehabilitation pathway where they are able to complete the to recognize the damage they cause to their victims and to society at large,” he said.

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