South Africa: Parole Release of Oscar Pistorius Generates Debate
Friday, January 5, 2024 4:10 PM

Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic sprinter who was found guilty and imprisoned for fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through their home's bathroom door in 2013, has been released on parole.   A spokesman for the Steenkamp family has said that one of the provisions of the parole is that Pistorius undergo therapy for gender-based violence issues. Reeva's mother, June Steenkamp, has said she did not oppose the parole but believes Pistorius has not been fully rehabilitated and could pose a threat to other women.  South Africa has high rates of violence against women, with almost 900 women killed between July and September 2023 alone.

Compiled from: Kate Bartlett, "Oscar Pistorius is released from prison on parole in South Africa," NPR, Jan. 5, 2024.