Steenkamp’s mother not opposing Pistorius’ parole application

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Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, will not oppose the parole application of her daughter’s convicted killer Oscar Pistorius.

Pistorius was convicted of killing his girlfriend, Steenkamp on Valentine’s day in 2013.

However, she will not attend the Attridgeville Correctional Services’ hearing of the application on Friday morning due to the matter taking its toll on her.

This is the second time the parole board is meeting to decide whether Pistorius should be released on parole or not.

Speaking on behalf of Reeva’s family, Rob Mathews says June has gone through a lot, especially after the death of her husband Barry in September.

Mathews says, “Put yourself in June’s position. She’s gone through a year of incredible trauma and to come and do all this again is just a bit too much. So it is not that there’s any lack of interest, she lives this every day of her life, the absence of her daughter, now the absence of her soulmate, so it is just a bit too far, just too much.”

In March, the board refused to grant Pistorius parole on the basis that he had not served a minimum detention period.

He has already served 10 years behind bars. If released on parole, Pistorius will go and live with his uncle in Waterkloof, Pretoria.

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