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Reeva Steenkamp's Parents react to the news Oscar Pistorius could be Released in August

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The parents of Reeva Steenkamp believe releasing Oscar Pistorius ten months after he killed their daughter is "not enough for taking a life".

The Paralympian was jailed for five years in 2014 after he shot dead Steenkamp through his bathroom door, but under South African Law he be released under “correctional supervision” after serving a sixth of his sentence.

If Pistorius is released on 21 August he is likely to be under house arrest, but Ms Steenkmap’s parents are furious with the news.

Barry and June Steenkamp wrote a letter to the parole board which stated: "As her family, we do not seek to avenge her death and we do not want Mr. Pistorius to suffer; that will not bring her back to us. However a person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions.

"Statistics show that our society is under continuous attack from criminals and murderers. Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough. We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as the deterrent it should."

Despite their statement Steenkamp’s lawyer Tania Koen has said both parents have forgiven Pistorius for killing their daughter.

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