Former Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius was released from prison for a few hours to attend the funeral of his late maternal grandmother‚ Joyce Bekker.
The Department of Correctional Services’ Singabakho Nxumalo cornfirmed it.
“I just received an update from the head of centre that he received an application (from Oscar Pistorius’ family) to attend the funeral and they granted him permission to attend the funeral. I was told at about 13h20 that the funeral is finished and he is now back in prison to continue with his sentence‚” said Nxumalo.
Earlier on Wednesday‚ Pistorius’ brother‚ Carl‚ confirmed to TimesLIVE that a service would be held for their grandmother‚ who died last week at the age of 93. At the time‚ he said the family wasn’t sure whether their brother would be attending the funeral.
However‚ he later confirmed that Oscar had been granted permission and was present to pay his last respects to their grandmother.
“The funeral service went well. It was a really beautiful service as it was a great celebration of her life well lived [and] I was really happy to see my brother‚” said Carl.
Carl told TimesLIVE that the family had asked for privacy as it was a private funeral service
In October last year‚ Oscar attended the funeral of his paternal grandmother‚ Gerti Pistorius‚ who was 92. Pistorius got permission from the Departmental Policy on Amenities of Inmates which grants privileges to offenders.
This policy was introduced primarily to encourage offenders to exercise good behaviour‚ to instil a sense of responsibility and to ensure their interest and co-operation in the integration into detention and treatment programmes.
Compassionate leave can also be granted to low risk prisoners to attend funerals or if a direct family member is suffering from a serious sickness where it is suspected that they might be dying.