Officials believe Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic athlete who murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, may see her parents shortly as part of the procedure leading to parole consideration.
After serving half of his sentence, he is eligible for release, however, he must first participate in “restorative justice.”
In 2013, Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, claiming he had mistaken her for a burglar.
The 34-year-old fired four shots through a lavatory door that was locked.
He was sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter in 2014, after a trial that was broadcast around the world. On appeal in 2015, Pistorius was convicted guilty of murder, and his sentence was later enhanced to 13 years and five months.
South Africa’s department of correctional services stated in a statement that it was in contact with the Steenkamp family about a prospective meeting.
The statement goes on to add that criminals must “acknowledge and take responsibility for their conduct” before parole is considered.
There must be “a chance for parties to reconcile or an apology” as part of the restorative justice process.
Tania Koen, the Steenkamps’ lawyer, informed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that the couple “would like to participate in the victim-offender conversation.”
“June [Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother] has always said that she has forgiven Oscar, however that doesn’t mean that he mustn’t pay for what he has done… Barry [Steenkamp, Reeva’s father] battles with that a bit, but that is something he will have to voice at the appropriate time,” Ms Koen added.
“The wound, even though so much time has passed, is still very raw.”
Pistorius was a Paralympic gold medalist before the murder. He created history in 2012 when he became the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics while using prosthetic “blades.”
Because he was born with no fibula bones, his legs were amputated below the knee when he was just 11 months old.