The Progressive Women’s Movement has welcomed an announcement by Justice Minister Michael Masutha to refer Oscar Pistorius’s parole conditions back for review.
Pistorius was due to be released Friday after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence for the death of Reeva Steenkamp.
PWMSA spokesperson, Jacqui Mofokeng says they want Pistorius to stay in prison while the state’s appeal against his sentence goes to the Appeals court.
Mofokeng says the Steenkamp family phoned her after the announcement.
“They called me, they were not sure that I got already the reply, somebody phoned them from the media to say this is happening and they said thank you, thank you. And the way it is June couldn’t just believe that the Minister will say that, there are challenges and whatever I’m going to look at the review. We respect the rule of law.”
Masutha meanwhile says the petition from the women’s rights group will not have any influence on decisions made in the case.
“Ordinarily the decisions of the parole board in cases such as this are final the only matters that are brought before me are mattes involving people who are serving life sentences and I get to make a decision whether or not to grant parole in those instances however is a matter is brought to my attention and I am convinced a decision has not been made correctly I have an obligation, under the law to deal with the matter accordingly.”
Click below to watch to the interview with Jacqui Mofokeng