Double-amputee athlete Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, 34, convicted of murder for shooting model Reva Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet door in his home on Valentine’s Day 2013, sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison, is up for parole in South Africa now, after eight years. However, he must meet first the parents of Reva Steenkamp. Pistorius went on trial in 2014 and his case was only finalized in 2018. The date for a hearing has not yet been set. The Steenkamps have previously said they want to challenge Pistorius on why he shot their daughter. „They are Reeva’s voice, and they owe it to their beloved daughter,” said Tania Koen, the Steenkamps’ lawyer. According to the countries rules, the Steenkamps will also be allowed to make recommendations to the parole board. The 34-year-old Pistorius could be taken from where he is incarcerated at the Atteridgeville Correctional Center in the capital, Pretoria, to the Steenkamps’ home city of Gqerberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) for the victim-offender meeting. Barry Steenkamp is unable to travel due to his health.
The parole board could impose a range of conditions on Pistorius if he is released, like only being allowed to leave home to go to work during the week, and only for a limited time on weekends. Pistorius competed at the 2012 Olympics. He ran in both non-disabled sprint events and in sprint events for below-knee amputees. He was the tenth athlete to compete at both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games. Asked by a journalist for his “sporting motto”, he said: “You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.”