20/08/2015 12:48 AM AEST | Updated 04/01/2017 5:26 AM AEDT

Oscar Pistorius' Release From Jail Put On Hold In South Africa

He was set for release on Friday.

CAPE TOWN, Aug 19 (Reuters) - South Africa's Oscar Pistorius will not be released on parole this Friday because the decision to release him was made prematurely and without any legal basis, the justice minister said on Wednesday.

Pistorius, 29, was expected to be released after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by James Macharia)