After nearly 11 years, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been released on parole from a South African prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Having served half of his over 13-year sentence, Pistorius, now 37, is under strict conditions, including a media communication ban, until his sentence ends in 2029.
Steenkamp's mother expressed acceptance of Pistorius' release but emphasized that her family serves a lifelong sentence. Acknowledging parole as part of the legal system, she welcomed the imposed parole conditions involving anger management and anti-violence programs.
Pistorius, renowned as the "blade runner" for his Paralympic success, shot Steenkamp in 2013, claiming he mistook her for an intruder. Initially convicted of culpable homicide, his sentence was later changed to murder in 2015 after an appeal court decision.
Despite his high profile, Pistorius will abide by parole terms like restricted movement, alcohol prohibition, and a media embargo. The tragedy of Steenkamp's death, a promising law graduate and model, shook the world in 2013, leading to Pistorius' trials and a publicized legal battle.