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February 18, 2024

Oscar Pistorius released from South Africa prison after serving 9 years for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius was released from prison in South Africa on October 20, 2020, after serving nine years for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. After an appeal, Pistorius' original murder conviction was changed to culpable homicide, or negligent killing. His sentence was then reduced from 15 years to nine after a court accepted that he acted as a result of “severe psychological distress”. Since his release, Pistorius has been placed on strict parole and has been barred from drinking alcohol, using drugs, or having any contact with Steenkamp's family. He will also have a strict curfew and be monitored by a parole officer throughout his time on parole. In addition, the South African Parole Board has requested that Pistorius gets involved in rehabilitation programs and “life coaching”. He has also been asked to make a donation to a charity for victims of gender-based violence. Pistorius must remain in the province of Gauteng for at least two more days after his release before traveling to his uncle’s house in the Province of Limpopo.