South Africa’s Constitutional Court has dismissed Oscar Pistorius’ appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Following this ruling, Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced in April.
Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door.
A manslaughter verdict was overturned in December and a murder verdict introduced in its place.
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South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the Constitutional Court found “no prospect of success” in Oscar Pistorius’ appeal.
The case will now go back to Judge Thokozile Masipa – who cleared the athlete of murder in the original case – for sentencing on April 18.
Prosecutors are believed to be targeting a sentence of at least 15 years in jail for Oscar Pistorius.
The double-amputee athlete is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.
In December, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court under Judge Thokozile Masipa had not applied correctly the rule of dolus eventualis – whether Oscar Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.
Justice Eric Leach said that having armed himself with a high-caliber weapon, Oscar Pistorius must have foreseen that whoever was behind the door might die, especially given his firearms training.
Oscar Pistorius has always maintained he believed he was shooting at an intruder.
Oscar Pistorius on January 11 made a last-ditch attempt with South Africa’s top court to overturn his murder conviction for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The double-amputee athlete killed Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door.
A manslaughter verdict was overturned last month and a murder verdict introduced in its place.
Oscar Pistorius’ defense has lodged papers at the Constitutional Court, urging a review of his murder conviction.
The champion is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.
South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in December that the lower court had not applied correctly the rule of dolus eventualis – whether Oscar Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.
Last month, Justice Eric Leach said that having armed himself with a high-caliber weapon, Oscar Pistorius must have foreseen that whoever was behind the door might die, especially given his firearms training.
Oscar Pistorius has always maintained he believed he was shooting at an intruder.
His lawyers say the appeals court made fundamental errors, claiming in appeal papers that the court “acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it rejected the factual finding of the Trial Court and replaced it with a contrary factual finding of its own”.
Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer, Andrew Fawcett, says the appeal is now in the hands of the director of public prosecutions, who must decide whether there are grounds for appeal.
If so, the case will go before the Constitutional Court.
Oscar Pistorius made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in London in 2012. He competed in the 400m, wearing carbon-fiber blades to run against able-bodied athletes.
Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he awaits sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.
Judges changed the South African Olympic athlete’s conviction from manslaughter to murder last week. The double-amputee has already served one year in prison.
Oscar Pistorius, 29, now faces a minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment – to be set after a hearing on April 18, 2016.
The Paralympic champion will also appeal against his murder conviction in the Constitutional Court, his lawyer has said.
Bail has been set at 10,000 rand ($700). Oscar Pistorius was deemed not to be a flight risk by Judge Audrey Ledwaba.
He can remain under house arrest at his uncle’s home until sentencing next year, and will be electronically tagged. He also has to hand over his passport.
Oscar Pistorius will be able to leave the house between 7AM and midday, but will only be able to move within a 12 miles radius.
He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.
In his bail affidavit, Oscar Pistorius said he had no income. During the hearing, his lawyer said he was only able to pay a sum of 10,000 rand for his bail.
Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day after shooting four times through a locked toilet door.
Last week, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein accepted prosecution arguments and ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the concept of “dolus eventualis” – whether Oscar Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.
The verdict in Oscar Pistorius case has been changed to murder.
The Paralympic champion has been found guilty of murder after a South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict.
Oscar Pistorius, 28, killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 after shooting her four times through a locked toilet door.
He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.
Oscar Pistorius will have to return to court to be re-sentenced, for murder.
South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the rule of dolus eventualis – whether Oscar Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.
The minimum sentence for murder is 15 years but judges can apply some discretion.
South African law does not make provision for someone to be placed under house arrest for more than five years, so Pistorius will be going back to prison.
Oscar Pistorius’ family gave a brief response, saying lawyers are studying the finding who will advise them on “options going forward”.
Reading the ruling reached by a panel of five judges, Justice Eric Leach said that having armed himself with a high-caliber weapon, Oscar Pistorius must have foreseen that whoever was behind the door might die.
“As a matter of common sense at the time the fatal shots were fired, the possibility of the death of the person behind the door was clearly an obvious result.
“And in firing not one but four shots, such a result became even more likely,” the judge said.
Oscar Pistorius always maintained that he believed there was an intruder in the house but the judge said that the identity of the person behind the door was “irrelevant to his guilt”.
Justice Eric Leach compared it to someone setting off a bomb in a public place not knowing who the victims might be.
The judge also rejected the argument that Oscar Pistorius had acted in self-defense.
Justice Eric Leach said that Oscar Pistorius’ life was not in danger at the time of the shooting, as the athelte did not know who was behind the door or if they posed a threat.
The judge added that Oscar Pistorius did “not take that most elementary precaution of firing a warning shot”.
The double amputee did not attend the hearing in Bloemfontein.
But Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, was present and afterwards she was seen outside the court being embraced by members of the African National Congress Women’s League, who were singing songs of celebration.
Many in South Africa were upset by the original acquittal on murder charges, with women’s rights groups arguing Oscar Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder as a deterrent because of the high number of women who are killed by their partners in the country.
The Paralympic champion was released from prison on October 19. Under South African law, he was eligible for release under “correctional supervision”, having served a sixth of his sentence.
Oscar Pistorius can challenge the ruling in the constitutional court but only if his lawyers can argue that his constitutional rights have been violated.
Prosecutors have started an appeal hearing on whether Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder instead of culpable homicide.
Oscar Pistorius, 28, was released from prison last month after serving one year of his five-year term for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The Paralympic champion shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in 2013 but insists he thought she was an intruder.
Oscar Pistorius could be sent back to jail if appeal judges overturn the original verdict.
He is currently under house arrest, and is not attending the hearing at South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.
The proceedings are being broadcast live on TV.
State prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been outlining the state’s case for the verdict to be changed to murder from culpable homicide, or manslaughter.
The prosecution says that Judge Thokozile Masipa incorrectly applied the law of murder. It argues that Oscar Pistorius should have foreseen the result of his actions, namely that shooting four times through a closed bathroom door would result in a person’s death.
Oscar Pistorius said he believed there was an intruder in the house and thought Reeva Steenkamp was in the bedroom.
The prosecution will argue that who was behind the bathroom door is irrelevant, and Oscar Pistorius’ intent was to kill.
The final ruling will not be known for some weeks, reports say.
Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of the culpable homicide of his 29-year-old girlfriend at a trial in October 2014.
Reeva Steenkamp’s relatives have said they think Oscar Pistorius is “getting off lightly”.
The double amputee was released from prison on October 19. Under South African law, Oscar Pistorius was eligible for release under “correctional supervision”, having served a sixth of his sentence.
Oscar Pistorius’ family said he would “strictly” adhere to his parole conditions at his uncle’s upmarket home in Pretoria.
Oscar Pistorius has been released from jail and put under house arrest nearly one year after he was imprisoned for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The Paralympic athlete is expected to spend the remainder of a five-year prison sentence at his uncle’s home in Pretoria.
Oscar Pistorius, 28, shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door but said he thought she was an intruder.
Reeva Steenkamp’s relatives say they think Oscar Pistorius is “getting off lightly”.
Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, in October 2014.
A case lodged by the prosecution appealing that decision is due to be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal on November 4. State prosecutors say Oscar Pistorius should have instead been convicted of murder.
Oscar Pistorius was released on October 19, a day earlier than expected, according to a spokesman from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison, where he was being held.
“Oscar Pistorius was placed under correctional supervision tonight,” Manelisi Wolela confirmed in a statement.
“The handling of the actual placement is an operational matter of the local management, and how they handle it is their prerogative that is carried out in the best interest of all parties concerned, the victims, the offender and the Department of Correctional Services,” he added.
Oscar Pistorius was driven under cover of darkness to his uncle’s house 20 minutes away.
It is understood he will not be electronically tagged but he will have restrictions on his movement.
Oscar Pistorius’ parole conditions include gun ownership restrictions and continued psychotherapy sessions. The double-amputee is also expected to do a period of community service.
Under South African law, Oscar Pistorius was eligible for release under “correctional supervision” having served a sixth of his sentence.
Meanwhile, a close family friend of Oscar Pistorius said he was in poor physical shape, adding that his return to athletics would be unlikely.
If the prosecution is successful with its appeal in November, Oscar Pistorius could face a lengthy sentence back in prison.
Oscar Pistorius will be moved from jail to house arrest on October 20, a South African parole board says.
The Paralympic athlete, who is jailed for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 after being found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter.
Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door but said he thought she was an intruder.
The prosecution has appealed, saying the double-amputee should instead be convicted of murder.
That case is expected to be heard on November 3.
Oscar Pistorius has spent 12 months in jail and will now spend the rest of his sentence under what is termed in South Africa “correctional supervision”, the parole board said.
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An earlier decision to release Oscar Pistorius in August was blocked by South Africa’s Justice Minister Michael Masutha, who said it had been made “prematurely”.
At the time, Reeva Steenkamp’s family had said that 10 months behind bars was “not enough”.
Responding to today’s decision, a lawyer speaking for the Steenkamp family said Reeva’s parents had expected the early release even though they opposed it, adding that nothing could bring back their daughter.
The Pistorius family has said they have received the news of his planned release, but are not making any further comment.
During his house arrest, Oscar Pistorius is likely to face restrictions in terms of gun ownership and may have to continue getting psychotherapy.
Oscar Pistorius, 28, shot to global fame after competing for South Africa at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London in 2012.
Oscar Pistorius has been ordered to undergo psychotherapy by a judge-led panel which upheld a decision taken in August to block his release from prison.
The treatment should focus on the factors leading to the crime that he committed, an official statement said.
The convicted South African athlete shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in 2013, saying he mistook her for a burglar.
Oscar Pistorius, now 28, was convicted of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, in 2014.
The double amputee had hoped to be released in August after a parole board ruled that he could serve the rest of his five-year prison sentence under house arrest.
However, South Africa’s Justice Minister Michael Masutha prevented the release, saying the decision had been taken prematurely.
At the time of his intervention, Oscar Pistorius had been granted parole only six months into his five-year sentence.
Michael Masutha argued that the law states that an offender can only be considered for parole after serving one-sixth of his sentence, in this case 10 months.
On October 5, a panel, led by Judge Lucy Mailula, ruled that Michael Masutha had acted correctly.
It said the parole board should again consider Ocar Pistorius’ request to be placed under house arrest, or correctional supervision.
The panel ruled that psychotherapy should be given “even if the offender is, indeed placed under correctional supervision”, the prisons department said in a statement.
Oscar Pistorius should “be subjected to psychotherapy in order to address criminogenic factors of the crime he committed,” it said.
It also ruled that the parole board should consider imposing conditions restricting the use of firearms by the offender, the statement added.
Reeva Steenkamp was killed after he fired multiple shots though a locked door on Valentine’s Day 2013.
High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa acquitted Oscar Pistorius of murder in 2014, saying there was insufficient proof to convict him.
The prosecution has appealed against the acquittal and the case will be heard next month by some of South Africa’s most senior judges.
Oscar Pistorius, who was born without the fibulas in both of his legs, and had surgery to amputate both below the knee while still a baby, went on to become one of South Africa’s best-known sports stars, and was the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics.
Oscar Pistorius’ early release from prison has been suspended by South Africa’s justice ministry on August 19.
The ministry said the decision to free the Paralympic champion after serving 10 months of his 5-year sentence “was taken prematurely” and with “no legal basis”.
The decision has now been sent back to the parole board for review.
Oscar Pistorius, 28, was convicted of manslaughter last year for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.
The athlete says he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder.
It is not clear whether the decision on Oscar Pistorius’ early release could be reinstated before August 19, should the parole board meet to review its decision.
Under South African law, the double-amputee athlete is eligible for release under “correctional supervision”, having served a sixth of his sentence.
However, it is the timing of the decision which the justice ministry criticized in a statement: “One sixth of a five year sentence is 10 months and at the time the decision was made Mr. Pistorius had served only over six months of his sentence.”
The justice ministry clarified that it only has the power to overturn decisions made by the parole review board in cases where the convict is serving a life sentence.
Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, a charge equivalent to manslaughter.
On August 19 would have been Reeva Steenkamp’s 32nd birthday. Her parents held a small ceremony for her close friends and supporters in her hometown of Port Elizabeth, throwing roses into the sea in her memory.
The intervention by Justice Minister Michael Masutha follows a petition from the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa, which described Oscar Pistorius’ early release as “outrageous” and “an insult” to victims of abuse.
Reeva Steenkamp’s parents have said that the time Oscar Pistorius has served is “not enough for taking a life”.
This week, prosecutors in South Africa filed papers calling for the athlete’s conviction to be reviewed and converted to murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years. His defense team now has a month to file its response.
After his release from prison, Oscar Pistorius would serve the rest of his term under house arrest.
Oscar Pistorius’ defense team has failed to block an appeal by prosecutors against his acquittal on murder charges.
The South African Paralympian was cleared of murder in 2014 but was sentenced to 5 years in jail for the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
Prosecutors are seeking a murder conviction after Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
On March 13, the Johannesburg High Court rejected the application by Oscar Pistorius’ defense team to stop the prosecutors’ appeal.
After a short hearing, Judge Thokozile Masipa said procedure did not allow her to grant or refuse the application.
“In my view, to entertain this application will be tantamount to reviewing my own decision,” she said.
“For one thing there is really nothing new in the submissions by counsel for the applicant.”
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The double amputee athlete was acquitted by Judge Thokozile Masipa of both premeditated murder and the lesser murder charge of dolus eventualis, also known as common-law murder in September last year.
In South African law, this charge applies if the accused knew they might kill someone but still went ahead with their course of action.
Oscar Pistorius says he shot Reeva Steenkamp accidentally, after mistaking her for a burglar.
Prosecutors are pushing for the appeal because they believe that a full bench of judges in the Supreme Court of Appeal will agree with them that Judge Thokozile Masipa misinterpreted the principles of dolus eventualis and will both convict him of murder and impose a longer sentence.
Judge Thokozile Masipa has delayed to December 10 her ruling on whether prosecutors can appeal against what they call the “shockingly light” sentence passed on South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius.
Oscar Pistorius, 27, was jailed for five years in October for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he killed on Valentine’s Day 2013.
Prosecutors also want to challenge Oscar Pistorius’ acquittal on murder charges.
His lawyers opposed the appeal request and said the sentence was not lenient.
The double-amputee sprinter had been charged by the prosecution with the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate.
Oscar Pistorius was also acquitted of the lesser murder charge of dolus eventualis by High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa.
In South African law, this charge – also known as common-law murder – applies if the accused knew they might kill someone but still went ahead with their course of action.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said she would rule on December 10 whether the prosecution’s appeal could go ahead.
Oscar Pistorius was not in court on December 9 when prosecutor Gerrie Nel outlined his case.
The prosecutor told Judge Masipa she had misinterpreted the law when she acquitted Oscar Pistorius of murder, and sentenced him to five years in prison.
“The precedent set by this court is shockingly low,” Gerrie Nel said.
However, Oscar Pistorius’ legal team argued that the prosecution’s case was flawed and the judge had correctly applied the law.
“It’s incorrect to say it’s a light sentence. It’s not,” defense lawyer Barry Roux said.
Addressing the judge, he added: “Their problem is they don’t like your factual finding. They don’t appreciate that. You absolutely, correctly applied the law.”
Correspondents say it is common in South Africa for the same judge to hear an appeal against their own verdicts.
Judges often grant the request because they are confident they applied the law correctly and their judgement will stand up to scrutiny.
South African criminal lawyer Martin Hood told AFP news agency that he expected Judge Thokozile Masipa to agree to the prosecution’s request because there was “just too much controversy about the judgement”.
In papers filed with the court in November, Gerrie Nel said the judge had “erred in over-emphasizing the personal circumstances of the accused”.
The judge, Gerrie Nel said, had failed to sufficiently consider that Oscar Pistorius had fired four shots “through a locked door into a small toilet cubicle from which there was no room to escape”.
The prosecution had called for the maximum 15-year sentence for culpable homicide, or manslaughter.
Oscar Pistorius is serving the sentence in the hospital wing of Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II prison. He can apply to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest after 10 months.
In a recent interview, Reeva Steenkamp’s mother has said that it was bad luck her daughter met Oscar Pistorius as the “volatile” athlete “would have killed someone sooner or later”.
Speaking to The Times, June Steenkamp calls Oscar Pistorius “pathetic”, “moody”, “gun-toting” and “possessive”.
June Steenkamp rejects both Oscar Pistorius’ apology and his version of events, but admits: “He’s the only one who knows the truth.”
Oscar Pistorius, 27, is serving five years for the culpable homicide of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He could be out in 10 months.
The Paralympic champion was cleared of murder.
June Steenkamp, 68, told The Times, which is serializing her book, Reeva: A Mother’s Story, which is to be published on November 6, that Reeva had told her the couple had not yet entered a s**ual relationship and had “nagging doubts about their compatibility”.
She says: “She had confided to me that she hadn’t slept with him. They’d shared a bed, but she was scared to take the relationship to that level.
“She wouldn’t want to sleep with Oscar if she wasn’t sure. I believe their relationship was coming to an end. In her heart of hearts, she didn’t think it was making either of them happy.”
June Steenkamp rejects both Oscar Pistorius’ apology and his version of events
June Steenkamp, who was not called to testify at the trial, says this may have played a part in what happened on the night of the shooting, Valentine’s Day last year.
She rejects his version of events, that there was no row and that he had thought there was an intruder in the toilet cubicle when he fired four shots through the door “without thinking”.
“There is no doubt in our minds that something went horribly wrong, something upset her so terribly that she hid behind a locked door with two mobile phones,” June Steenkamp writes.
Other words she uses to describe Oscar Pistorius are “arrogant”, “moody”, “combustible”, “trigger-happy”, “vague”, “evasive” and “shifty”.
She believes Reeva, 29, was about to leave Oscar Pistorius, 27.
She says: “Her clothes were packed. There is no doubt in our minds: she had decided to leave Oscar that night.”
In the excerpt of the book serialized in the paper, June Steenkamp refers to Oscar Pistorius’ apology to them in court.
“Why decide to say sorry to me in a televised trial in front of the whole world? I was unmoved by his apology.
“I felt if I appeared to be sorry for him at this stage of his trial on the charge of premeditated murder, it would in the eyes of others lessen the awfulness of what he had done. He was in the box trying to save his own skin.”
Nevertheless, the parents say they do want to meet Oscar Pistorius.
Although she says: “I am not entirely sure what I am going to say”, father Barry, 71, says he wants an apology.
“I would like him to really, truthfully say, although he said it in court, <<I’m sorry>>. I would like him just to say it to our faces.”
June Steenkamp also talks about the “wrenching pain that you get in your heart” when thinking of her daughter’s death.
“It’s always there. The minute your eyes open in the morning, or if you wake up in the middle of the night, there it is.”
Oscar Pistorius, an amputee sprinter, became the first athlete to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He is serving his sentence in Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II jail.
Oscar Pistorius was also given a three-year suspended sentence for firing a gun in a restaurant.
Oscar Pistorius has begun jail sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The South African Paralympic champion was driven to Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison where he is expected to be housed in the hospital wing.
Judge Thokozile Masipa gave Oscar Pistorius a five-year jail sentence for culpable homicide, but cleared him of murder.
Oscar Pistorius’ defense said it expected him to serve about 10 months, with the remainder under house arrest. His family say he will not appeal.
Reeva Steenkamp’s parents said they were happy with the sentence and relieved the case was over.
Prosecutors had called for a minimum 10-year term, and the defense had argued for community service and house arrest.
Oscar Pistorius, 27, an amputee sprinter who became the first athlete to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
Oscar Pistorius has begun jail sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
He says he shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake, fearing there was an intruder in his house in Pretoria.
Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, reality TV star and law graduate, was hit three times by bullets fired by Oscar Pistorius through a toilet door.
Oscar Pistorius showed little reaction to the sentence other than to wipe his eyes before being led away to a holding cell downstairs.
He was then driven away from court in an armored police van to Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison, where he was expected to undergo a medical assessment.
It is likely that he will be held in a one-man cell in the hospital wing, thought to be most appropriate for the athlete’s disability.
Correctional services spokesman Manelisi Wolela told AFP news agency Oscar Pistorius was “already accommodated at Kgosi Mampuru”.
He could be released after serving a sixth of his sentence, or 10 months, for good behavior.
However, Dup De Bruyn, a lawyer for the Steenkamp family, told Reuters that he believed Oscar Pistorius would probably serve two years.
Oscar Pistorius’s uncle, Arnold, said the family would not appeal against the sentence.
“We accept the judgment. Oscar will embrace the opportunity to pay back to society,” he said.
He appealed to the media to “accept the ruling of court and let us move forward in this process and give us some degree of dignity and privacy”.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said she considered her sentence “fair and just, both to society and to the accused”.
She said: “A non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community. On the other hand, a long sentence would also not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy.”
The judge said Oscar Pistorius had made an “enormous contribution to society”, in his charity work and in changing the public perception of disability.
But she added: “It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were to be created that there was one law for the poor and disadvantaged, and another for the rich and famous.”
Judge Thokozile Masipa also gave Oscar Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a separate incident – firing a gun in a restaurant.
The prosecution service said it would consider an appeal but expressed satisfaction that Oscar Pistorius had been given jail time.
However, the Women’s League of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress said it did plan to appeal.
“We’re doing this not only for Reeva but for the millions of South African women who are killed at the hands of their partners, people who are supposed to protect them,” said spokeswoman Khsuela Sangoni.
“A five-year sentence like this sends a message to society that it is fine to commit such heinous crimes as femicide, and you will be able to get away with a slap on the wrist.”
Oscar Pistorius offered a lump sum of $34,000 to the parents of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he killed her, a South African court has heard.
However, Reeva Steenkamp’s family rejected the sum as “blood money”, prosecutor Gerrie Nel revealed during his sentencing hearing.
Earlier, a defense witness told the court that Oscar Pistorius, 27, would be physically at risk if sent to prison.
The Paralympic champion has been found guilty of culpable homicide, but cleared of murder.
The defense is trying to show that prison would be an inappropriate punishment.
Oscar Pistorius’ offer of a lump sum of 375,000 rand to the Steenkamp family emerged on the second day of his sentencing hearing, during the cross-examination of defense witness Annette Vergeer.
Oscar Pistorius offered a lump sum of $34,000 to the parents of Reeva Steenkamp after he killed her
Gerrie Nel told Annette Vergeer that Oscar Pistorius raised the funds from selling his car.
The prosecutor added that Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, had rejected the offer.
“She does not want blood money,” he said.
Gerrie Nel also highlighted separate monthly payments of 6,000 rand ($540) made by Oscar Pistorius to the Steenkamps – who were short of money after their daughter’s death.
The prosecutor said these funds – mentioned in Annette Vergeer’s report – would be “paid back to the accused in full – every cent”.
The Steenkamps’ lawyer, Dup De Bruyn, explained that the couple were now “reasonably comfortable” after he had negotiated a series of media deals concerning their daughter’s death.
The Pistorius family later accused Gerrie Nel of giving a distorted picture in court of the financial agreement with the Steenkamps, and said they would provide a full statement on Wednesday, October 15.
Oscar Pistorius’ charity work has been scrutinized by the prosecution on a second day of his sentencing hearing in Pretoria court.
The South African athlete’s main motive was to further his career, the prosecutor said, in an attempt to show he deserves jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius, 27, was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp last month – but was cleared of murder.
The defense is trying to show prison would be an inappropriate punishment.
It produced a second witness to say Oscar Pistorius showed real remorse and his disability would be a problem in jail.
On October 13, the prosecutor was angered by a call for the sentence to be house arrest and community service.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel labeled the suggestion as a “shockingly inappropriate” punishment.
Oscar Pistorius faces up to 15 years in jail, although Judge Thokozile Masipa may suspend the sentence or impose a fine.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said Oscar Pistorius had acted negligently when he shot his girlfriend through a toilet door, but had genuinely thought her to be an intruder.
The sentencing hearing is expected to last several days, with lawyers for Oscar Pistorius hoping they can prevent a jail sentence.
Proceedings began with Gerrie Nel’s cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius’ manager Peet Van Zyl.
Oscar Pistorius’ charity work has been scrutinized by the prosecution on a second day of his sentencing hearing in Pretoria court
At Tuesday morning’s session, Gerrie Nel tried to show that Oscar Pistorius’ honorary doctorate at the UK’s Strathclyde University was for his achievements “from a young age”, rather than recent charitable work.
Peet Van Zyl had said that the doctorate was for the athlete’s support for prosthetic limb development, but Gerrie Nel said there was no mention of that in the citation.
And he suggested to Peet Van Zyl that sportsmen often took on charity work for pragmatic reasons.
Later the prosecutor questioned whether Oscar Pistorius used his own funds to pay for prosthetics for disadvantaged young people, but Peet Van Zyl insisted that money earned for speaking which he asked to be paid not to himself but to charity was his own funds.
He also asked whether Peet Van Zyl had discussed future plans with the athlete, to which he replied that everything depended on the outcome of the trial.
Defense counsel Barry Roux then continued the line of questioning about Oscar Pistorius’ motivation for his charity work.
The athlete’s manager said that while he had contractual obligations to his sponsors, he was always available for them and never complained.
He also made himself available on other occasions and “went the extra mile” for disabled children, Peet Van Zyl added.
The prosecutor has reminded the court that the relationship between celebrity, charity and business is a quid pro quo, but it is not clear that he has done any more than that.
He says the judge’s verdict suggests that Gerrie Nel’s aggressive style may not work with her.
The next defense witness was Annette Vergeer, a probation officer who said she was working in a private capacity.
Reading out what she said was an objective report, she said Oscar Pistorius should receive a suspended sentence, community work, therapy, and correctional supervision.
Prison would punish him in a way that was not constructive, Annette Vergeer said, adding that he was “extremely broken” and would “only deteriorate” there.
“It is virtually impossible in prison to teach a person how to become a useful member of society, as there is no opportunity to practice these skills,” she said.
She said he had showed what she believed to be sincere grief and regret at the crime scene, and subsequent depression.
Oscar Pistorius had denied murdering Reeva Steenkamp after a row on Valentine’s Day last year, saying he shot her by mistake.