Pistorius released hours before schedule

Former South African Paralympics champion Oscar Pistorius was released from prison on Monday night, hours before the official release date.
In a move likely aimed at avoiding the media, Department of Correctional Services released Pistorius from Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria at 10pm on Monday.
He is at his uncle’s three-storey Waterkloof home where he will spend the next four years of house arrest.
His spokeswoman, Anneliese Burgess, said the family would issue a statement on Tuesday afternoon once he settles in.
“There is nothing big planned for Oscar. Arnold (Pistorius’ uncle) will issue a statement in the afternoon,” Ms Burgess told Africa Review.
Pistorius was convicted of killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
The department’s spokesman, Mr Manelisi Wolela, said the prison’s management was responsible for the early release. They probably decided against a “staged release” on Tuesday morning.
No firearm
Journalists were expected to camp at the Pretoria correctional facility and at his uncle’s home to witness the disgraced athlete’s release.
“The local management of Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre has confirmed with us that they have placed him under correctional supervision. That’s what we have managed to get thus far.
“The management of the actual placement of an offender is the responsibility of the local management of any correctional facility, “Mr Wolela said.
The athlete will have to adhere to a number of conditions that include community service and psychotherapy. Pistorius will likely be allowed to leave the house to work, carry out community service or to attend important family events.
He is not allowed to possess a firearm.
Exactly two weeks from now, the state begins its fight to have his culpable homicide conviction changed to murder.
Cameras will be allowed to film proceedings at the Supreme Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein on November 3, 2015.