Oscar Pistorius has been moved 750 miles to a different and more dangerous prison so that the Paralympian killer can meet Reeva Steenkamp’s parents.
The 35-year-old shot dead their daughter, who was his partner at the time, as she cowered in a bathroom on Valentine's Day in 2013.
Pistorius is now close to winning parole, and as part of the process, Reeva’s parents Barry and June have agreed to see the man who murdered their daughter.
The disgraced athlete had been serving his 13.5-year sentence at the “comfy” Atteredgeville Correctional Centre in Pretoria.
However, he is now close to being freed.
Reeva’s elderly father Barry, who has been treated for a heart condition, and wife June said that the long journey to meet him face-to-face was too much for them.
So the prison authorities decided to bring Pistorius to the Steenkamp's under high security and the utmost secrecy to make sure the meeting could happen.
An hour before dawn on Friday he was “ghosted” out of Atterdgeville prison and driven the 750 miles to St Albans Correctional Centre which is near their home.
The 13-hour journey saw Pistorius being transported in a prison van with a police car escort before he arrived at the notorious Port Elizabeth prison facility.
It is one of the five most dangerous prisons in South Africa and houses 3200 of the most dangerous killers and rapists in the criminal justice system.
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There are constant riots and running battles between rival gangs inside the run-down jail and warders have been murdered trying to keep control.
Pistorius was taken away from the main jail population where it is said the cells hold up to 44 dangerous prisoners each and to a secure single cell for safety.
The convicted killer who murdered Reeva by shooting a hail of bullets through a bathroom door when she was cowering inside agreed to the meeting.
It is not known exactly when the meet will take place but it is understood that Reeva’s parents will be driven to the medium-security prison next week.
They were contacted by the SA Department of Correctional Services in October and asked if they would agree to meet Pistorius and said yes.
A warder at St Albans told HeraldLive: ”He arrived late yesterday (Friday) and is being temporarily kept in a single cell far away from everyone else”.
Attorney Tania Koen, who represents Steenkamp’s parents who live in Port Elizabeth 15 minutes from the prison confirmed the move.
She said both Barry and June were “fully aware” that their daughter’s killer had been transferred from Gauteng Province near to them in Eastern Province.
Koen added: “There will be no further comment on this matter”.
Department of Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed they had to work out logistical arrangements to move jails for Pistorius.
Pistorius became unexpectedly became eligible for parole in July after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the 506 days he already served behind bars before being sentenced to 13-and-a-years had not been counted.
He was initially sentenced to 5 years in prison in October 2014, for culpable homicide but the State challenged it and in 2015 it was changed to murder and 13.5 years.
With time served before the increased murder sentence, Pistorius has now served half of it and through his attorney, the killer launched his bid for parole.
His repeated trials gripped South Africa and the world as he claimed he was trying to “protect” Reeva thinking an intruder was in his bathroom.
He fired a hail of 9mm bullets through his bathroom door fatally hitting the model four times after crawling across his bedroom floor on his stumps.
The former athlete still insists that he believed that she was an intruder.
Pistorius was dubbed Blade Runner after being fitted with prosthetics to allow him to walk then run after both his lower legs were amputated when he was 11 months old due to a birth defect.
He went on to become a Paralympic World Cup gold medal champ in the 100m and 200m and was the first double amputee to run in an able-bodied Olympic Games.