South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, could soon meet her parents as part of the process that leads to parole being considered, officials say.
He is entitled to a possible release after serving half of his sentence, reports South African media.
But he must first take part in the so-called “restorative justice”.
Pistorius shot Steenkamp in 2013 and said he thought she was a burglar.
The 34-year-old fired four times through a locked toilet door in his home in the capital Pretoria.
In 2014, he was sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter after the conclusion of a worldwide trial. But Pistorius was found guilty of murder on appeal in 2015, and the sentence was later increased to 13 years and five months.
In a statement, the South African law enforcement agency said it was talking to the Steenkamp family about a possible meeting.
The statement outlines what must happen before parole is considered and says that offenders “must acknowledge their actions and take responsibility for them”.
As part of the restorative justice process, it must “give the parties the opportunity to reconcile or to apologize”.
The Steenkamps lawyer, Tania Koen, told the national broadcaster SABC that they “want to take part in the victim-perpetrator dialogue”.
“June [Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother] always said she gave Oscar, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to pay for what he did … Barry [Steenkamp, Reeva’s father] struggles a little in order to. but he will have to say that in due course, “added Ms. Koen.
Being eligible for parole does not mean being eligible for parole, and therefore it is not a given that he will be released, the lawyer said.
Pumza Fihlani of the BBC in Johannesburg says that if Pistorius were paroled, he would serve the remainder of his sentence at home and report to prison officials on a regular basis.
Before the murder, Pistorius was known as a Paralympic gold medalist. In 2012 he made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympic Games with prosthetic “blades”.
As a baby, his legs were amputated below the knee.