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Review board 'has four months to finalise Pistorius ruling'

The South African review board has four months to finalise a ruling which would have allowed Oscar Pistorius to be released from prison on house arrest, a government spokesman has said.

Paralympic champion Pistorius had been expected to be released tomorrow after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence behind bars.

A decision from Justice Minister Michael Masutha to delay Pistorius' release followed substantial controversy over the parole board's prior approval, which he described as having been made too soon and "without any legal basis".


Justice minister seeks legal advice on Pistorius release

South African Justice Minister seeks legal advice on decision to release Pistorius Credit: Reuters

South Africa's Justice Minister is seeking legal advice on whether the parole board was right to release Oscar Pistorius on house arrest on Friday, after serving a sixth of his five year sentence for killing his girlfriend.

"Whether that decision of the parole board was regular and correct in law, is what I am seeking advice about and if it wasn't, whether there is anything that empowers me in law to have the matter revisited," Justice Minister Michael Masutha told Reuters

Prosecutors appeal for Pistorius to be convicted of murder

An appeal calling for Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been filed by prosecutors in South Africa.

The action comes just days ahead of Pistorius'release from prison on Friday, less than a year after being convicted on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Prosecutors have filed an appeal calling for Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of murder Credit: Reuters

He will serve the rest of his five-year sentence under 'correctional supervision', which is a form of house arrest.

The 28-year-old athlete, known as the Blade Runner for the prosthetic legs he uses to run, killed 29-year-old model Steenkamp when he fired four gunshots through a locked bathroom door at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day 2013.

He claimed he feared she was an intruder, but in the appeal filed today prosecutors repeat allegations that he deliberately killed her after an argument.

His defence team have until September 17 to file its response, and the appeal is expected to be heard in November.

If they are successful, he could face at least 15 years behind bars.


South African President Jacob Zuma admitted to hospital

The South African President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for a scheduled procedure to remove gallstones, the Presidency said.

South African President Jacob Zuma admitted to hospital. Credit: PA

A statement from Zuma's office said."The galllstones were discovered about two months ago during a routine medical check-up. The president's work programme did not allow for the procedure to be undertaken earlier,"

He was expected to be discharged on Sunday.

'More than 300 injured' in South Africa train collision

More than 300 people have been injured after two commuter trains collided in Johannesburg, the Associatied Press reports.

Spokeswoman Nana Radebe from Johannesburg Emergency Services told the news agency 326 people were taken to nearby hospitals with minor to serious injures.

She had previously said the number of injured was above 400.

No deaths were reported, and none of the people injured are in critical condition, according to the spokeswoman.

The accident was said to have happened at rush hour between two stations, with the trains travelling from the city centre to the Soweto township.

She added that the trains were on the same track, and it appeared that a moving train had collided with a stationary train.

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