“The board has four months within which to deal and decide on the matter,” said Correctional Services spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga on Thursday.
“We accept the decision made by the minister of justice and are considering our options,” she said,
Mhaga meanwhile said the department had not yet received a notice of a legal challenge to the decision to suspend Pistorius’s release on parole tomorrow.
Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha yesterday said he decided to refer the decision to release Pistorius on parole to the CSPB.
This, after Masutha received a petition from the Progressive Women’s Movement expressing the organisation’s concern and opposition to the Paralympian’s release.
Masutha said the decision to release Pistorius under correctional supervision was taken prematurely as he had only served six months of his sentence at the time. In terms of the law, an offender is required to serve at least one sixth of his sentence before he can be considered for parole. In Pistorius’s case, he would have had to serve at least ten months.
Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Steenkamp was killed after she was shot at four times through the bathroom door.