Many on the social media platform supported the decision, made on the day that would have been Reeva Steenkamp’s 32nd birthday.

Pistorius’s family said they are considering their options following Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha’s decision to suspend the Paralympian’s release on parole.

“We accept the decision made by the minister of justice and are considering our options,” family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess told News24.

There was no word from Pistorius’s lawyers on Wednesday night on whether they would pursue legal action following the decision by Masutha.

Masutha intervened because the decision to release Pistorius on correctional supervision on Friday was taken before he had served one sixth of his sentence, according to a statement from his ministry.

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He referred the decision back to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board.

This followed a petition from the Progressive Women’s Movement of SA (PWMSA) opposing Pistorius’s release.

Take a look at some of the public’s reactions on Twitter below: