Convicted South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius began his community service on Saturday morning at Garsfontein police station in Pretoria.
The athlete was recently released from prison into house arrest after almost a year of his five year manslaughter sentence for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
As part of his correctional supervision conditions, Pistorius will perform multiple shifts of community service.
The athlete was dropped off by a female family member at the Garsfontein police station on Saturday morning.
He was met by a social worker who would not entertain a group of journalists that assembled to greet him.
Pistorius will be required to perform menial labour, like tending the gardens and cleaning the cells.
He is also required to comply with other stringent parole conditions, which include a ban on gun ownership and to undergo psychotherapy.
He is not allowed out at night nor to travel.
In addition, Pistorius will be subject to mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
He is mostly confined at his uncle Arnold Pistorius’s plush home in the leafy suburb of Waterkloof in Pretoria. It features more than a dozen bedrooms, a private gym and a swimming pool.
Pistorius is only allowed to leave the house to carry out community service or to attend important family events.
A South African lifestyle magazine, YOU, this week reported that the athlete was spending lots of time working out and cooking.
The state has appealed against Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal which is expected to make a ruling within a few weeks.The state argues the sentence the athlete got was too lenient.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW