Convicted murdered Oscar Pistorius was temporarily released from prison to attend his 101-year-old grandfather’s memorial and Twitter users are not impressed
He was granted “compassionate leave” to attend the memorial service, which was held in Centurion on Tuesday.
Oscar, who is serving 13 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, was escorted by police officers and was back in prison a few hours after his release.
The Department of Correctional Services says there is nothing improper about the move as inmates are all able to apply for such leave. Whether it is approved or not depends on various factors including low risk and good behaviour.
But tweeps think in Oscar’s case the move smacks of “rich privilege”
“Oscar Pistorius was released to attend his grandpa’s memorial service while King Buyelekhaya was refused permission to attend Mama Nomzamo’s Funeral,” paradoy account @ADVBarryRoux tweeted.
Another Twitter user wrote: “So much rich privilege. Disgusted that other prisoners are denied this option. #RulesBentAtEveryStep. #OscarPistorius.’
A Third posted: “Hold up. Wait a gawd damn minute…Oscar Pistorius was granted “COMPASSIONATE LEAVE” to attend a memorial service for his late grandfather on Tuesday.DAFUQ! Does this mean that prisoners also qualify for SICK LEAVE and ANNUAL LEAVE?
— Inja yeTiye (@Thabo_Vuyoo43) November 14, 2018
King Buyelekhaya was refused permission to attend Mama Nomzamo’s Funeral.Nonsense white privilege #OscarPistorius
— God’s plan🌍 (@100000000BC) November 14, 2018
This just keeps on getting better. How is this country allowing this man to be treated differently?! He already received special treatment. He already has a reduced sentence that falls way below the prescribed minimum sentence. #OscarPistorius #special https://t.co/06b2hVmqzA
— Rihandi Venter (@Rihandi_Xx) November 14, 2018
— Jodi Anderson (@Molten_iPod) November 13, 2018