Oscar Pistorius ‘not coming out now’, – cousin

Ellie May Challis vs Oscar 'Blade Runner' Pistorius
Ellie May Challis vs Oscar 'Blade Runner' Pistorius

Journalists camping outside the house of Oscar Pistorius’s uncle were told by his cousin that he would not be released soon.

A man who looks similar to one of those who were seen protecting Pistorius during the trial arrived at his uncle Arnold’s house in Pretoria on Friday afternoon.

The man went into the house and then was picked up by a woman outside the home in the quiet leafy suburb. She was later identified as Oscar Pistorius’s cousin.

A small media contingent stood outside the house.|

As the woman reversed the car out of the driveway she spoke to journalists “Hy kom mos nie nou uit nie [he is not coming out now],” she said in Afrikaans. When a journalist said, “We don’t know”, she responded: “Ons weet [we know]”.

The woman then left the premises.

It has been quiet outside the house for most of the afternoon.

An announcement by the Parole Review Board was expected on Friday on the former Paralympian’s possible release from prison under correctional supervision.

Pistorius was jailed last year after being found guilty of gunning down his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day in 2013. He has spent just over 10 months in jail.

He was initially expected to be released on August 21 to serve out the rest of his sentence under house arrest.

But two days before that, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced Pistorius would not be released, saying the parole board had acted prematurely when it decided in June that he could be released in August.

Masutha said the board should have made the decision only on August 21, when Pistorius would have served one-sixth of his five-year jail term.