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Oscar Pistorius meets father of murdered partner as he seeks parole

Oscar Pistorius met with Reeva Steenkamp’s father, whom he had murdered in 2013.

Blade Runner, a South African athlete nicknamed after his famed racing prosthetics was killed by Ms Steenkamp, his former partner. He claimed he mistook her as an intruder and shot her at their home.

After a televised trial, he was sentenced to 13-and-a half years in prison.

Image Reeva and Pistorius, a few weeks prior to her murder

A lawyer representing the Steenkamps has confirmed that Pistorius met the father of the model as part of a bid for parole.

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Tania Koen confirmed the meeting by sending a text message. She said that the pair met face to face on 22 June in South Africa as part of the victim-offender dialogue process.

This process allows victims of crime to meet with their inmates before they are eligible for parole.

Ms. Koen also stated in her message that the dialogue was a confidential and private matter. Therefore, we request that clients respect their privacy.

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Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation confirmed that the meeting took place and wrote on its Facebook page: “We extend love and support Barry and June, who participated in the preparations for their meeting with Oscar Pistorius. Barry finally met Oscar for the Victim Offender Dialogue on 22 June 2022.

“A sincere thank you to the Department of Correctional Services and especially the staff at St Albans Prison for their professionalism and sensitive handling of the whole process.”

Image Oscar Pistorius showing the court how he walks with his prosthetic legs
Image Oscar Pistorius arrives at Pretoria Court

South Africa requires that offenders serve at least half their sentences before they are eligible for parole. However, Pistorius must still attend the hearing. This hearing was previously cancelled due to Pistorius not meeting with Ms Steenkamp’s parents.

The ex-athlete, who, despite being double-amputee, ended up running in Olympics, served the majority of his sentence in Pretoria but was transferred to a facility located in Ggeberha, the Steenkamps’ hometown, ahead of the meeting.

Pistorius spoke with Ms Steenkamp’s father while he was in prison. He will continue to serve the sentence as normal and participate in the victim-offender dialog process. This does not mean that he is eligible for parole or the end of his sentence.

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