Pistorius released: parole conditions outlined

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Paralympian Oscar Pistorius waits in the dock at the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Pistorius is to be sentenced after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

JOHANNESBURG – Oscar Pistorius was released under correctional supervision at 10pm on Monday evening, preparing to face four years of house arrest with his family, according to Manelisi Wolela from the Correctional Services Department.

Pistorius was due to be released from prison on Tuesday, but was allowed to go home just hours before the official release date.

His family and lawyers were only informed of his imminent release at 7.30 on Monday night.

It&39;s believed officials at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, where he was being held, wanted to avoid an inevitable media circus should he have been released at the expected time of 8am today.

Pistorius was convicted of negligently killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine&39;s Day in 2013. He shot her through a closed bathroom door, claiming he thought she was an intruder.

He has already served a sixth of his sentence on August 21.

The Paralympian needs to comply with a number of stringent parole conditions, which include a ban on gun ownership and use, community service and psychotherapy.

He won&39;t be allowed out at night, nor will he be allowed to travel. Pistorius will be subjected to mandatory drug and alcohol testing, may be allowed to train and go to gym, and will have to meet with the Steenkamps as part of the victim-offender dialogue programme. 

He will be mostly confined to the home of his uncle, Arnold, a high-walled manor in the leafy suburb of Waterkloof that features more than a dozen bedrooms, a private gym and a swimming pool.

Pistorius is likely be allowed to leave the house to work, carry out community service or to attend important family events.

"Many people don&39;t understand the very serious impact prison can have on your life and the challenges afterwards, no matter where you live," said Jacques Sibomana, spokesperson for Nicro, an organisation helping to re-integrate offenders.

"The social stigma Oscar will face could be very psychologically traumatic. The punishment lives with you."

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha said he hoped Steenkamp’s parents would agree to meet with Pistorius as part of their healing process.

One of his parole conditions stipulate that he must meet with Steenkamp’s parents – if and when they agree to do so.

The Steenkamps have not yet agreed to meet with Pistorius but his lawyers say he has indicated a willingness to meet with them.

Just fifteen days after Pistorius&39;s release, the State is expected to begin its fight to have his culpable homicide conviction overturned.

Prosecutors want him convicted of murder.

Cameras will be allowed to film proceedings at the Supreme Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein on November 3.

– Additional reporting Reuters