Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee sprinter who shot his girlfriend, was quietly released from a South African prison today and has been warned that he could be murdered in retaliation.
Pistorius was dubbed “Blade Runner” after his 2012 Olympic appearance and subsequently given parole, serving only a portion of his 13-year and five-month prison sentence for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, even though his sentence does not expire until December 2029.
Fox News reported that the police allegedly informed Pistorius that he could be killed in retaliation, and that the threats came from underworld figures sympathizing with Steenkamp’s family. The athlete will live at his uncle’s villa, a secure property with armed guards, electronic defense systems, and „guard dogs.“
The six-time Paralympic gold medalist is prohibited from giving media interviews and will also be required to continue anger management therapy and complete a course on gender-based violence as part of his parole.
Pistorius‘ release from the minimum security prison for non-violent offenders was carried out in complete secrecy. Singabakho Nxumalo, spokesman for the Department of Correctional Services, told the Associated Press that the fallen runner was „treated in line with the procedure.“ However, his release was conducted in secrecy as part of an “operation” referred to by Nxumalo to avoid media frenzy.
The Department of Correctional Services had previously announced that the release would not be made public and stated that Pistorius would not be “paraded” before the media.
On Friday, Steenkamp’s mother June released a statement through the family’s attorney.
“There can never be justice if your loved one never comes back,“ June said in her statement, via Reuters. „And no amount of time served will bring Reeva back.“
“We, the ones left behind, are the ones serving a life sentence.”
June Steenkamp added that her only wish is to be able to live in peace now that Pistorius is on parole.