Oscar Pistorius now one of 7,000 inmates at Pretoria jail

Oct 22, 2014, 08:29 IST | AFP

Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius will be just one of nearly 7,000 inmates behind the towering walls of the Kgosi Mampuru prison, where he was taken just hours after being sentenced for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

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Formerly known as Pretoria Central Prison, the facility was notorious for its brutality towards political prisoners held under the racist apartheid regime which collapsed 20 years ago.

The conditions in the prison will, however, present a major lifestyle shift for the once high-flying Paralympian gold medallist who is accustomed to a life of luxury, beautiful women and fast cars.

"He is already accommodated at Kgosi Mampuru," correctional services spokesman Manelisi Wolela told AFP.

Immediately after sentencing, Pistorius was led downstairs from the dock to the cells, where he had his fingerprints taken for presentation to prison officials before being allocated a prison number and a cell.

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