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Pistorius appeal set for November 3

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The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the State’s appeal against former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s conviction on November 3.

A panel of five judges will hear the appeal, the court announced on Tuesday.

On September 12 last year, Pistorius was acquitted of murder, but convicted of culpable homicide for shooting dead his model and law-graduate girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of February 14, 2013.

He fired four shots through the locked door of the toilet in his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day, apparently thinking she was an intruder.

On October 21, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing Steenkamp, and to three years – suspended for five – for discharging a firearm in a restaurant.

The State is appealing his conviction.

Last month, Pistorius was set to be released on correctional supervision, but at the last minute Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha decided to suspend the decision.

Following a letter from the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa protesting against Pistorius’s release during “Women’s Month”, Masutha referred the decision to release him into correctional supervision back to the parole board.

He said the board had taken its decision prematurely when it met in June.

The Parole Review Board was meant to sit last Friday in Durban to discuss Pistorius’s release on correctional supervision.

However, the hearing was postponed for two weeks, the correctional services department confirmed on Saturday. News24

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