On Monday, an official and a lawyer said that Oscar Pistorius, South African Paralympic champion, could be considered for parole for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius has served half his sentence.
The murder took place in 2013 on Valentine's Day, when he fired at a door four times and killed Steenkamp. In 2015, he was found guilty. Pistorius was then sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Singabakho Nxumalo, a prisons spokesperson, told AFP:
"There is the issue of victim-offender dialogue that needs to take place before his profile can be taken to the parole board. It's quite a sensitive and emotional process."
According to Steenkamp's family lawyer, in July Pistorius had served the minimum period needed to be considered for parole.
The meeting for the Correctional Services department to have preliminary discussions with Steenkamp's parents was postponed, and the parole process can not take place until a talk occurs between the victim's family and Pistorius.
Steenkamps' lawyer Tania Koen said they have been due to discuss parole beginning in late October.
She explains, "But because certain requirements were not met, they have stopped the process and they will have to make sure they have the necessary reports. She noted psychologist and social worker reports were part of those requirements.
"He has been eligible for parole since July of this year, but that does not mean he has automatic right to be released on parole," Koen said.