Arrest warrant issued for Oscar Pistorius


Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, March 5, 2014.

JOHANNESBURG - An arrest warrant has been issued for Oscar Pistorius.

The National Prosecuting Authority only plans to enforce it next week, when Pistorius is expected to apply for bail.

The state has yet to indicate whether it will oppose the application.

Earlier on Friday, the NPA said they were trying to bring Pistorius before court urgently for sentencing.

“We are trying to arrange with the Pretoria High Court that he can appear before court, where the matter will be formally postponed for sentencing. We are trying to do this as a matter of extreme urgency. If it was up to us it would have happened yesterday already,” said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku.

He said scheduling for the initial appearance after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday overturned Pistorius&39;s culpable homicide conviction, and for re-sentencing,  depended on the schedule of the high court.

Sentencing would depend specifically on the availability of trial Judge Thokozile Masipa and was likely to happen only next year, Mfaku said.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned a lower court’s verdict of culpable homicide, and found the paralympian guilty of murder.