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Pistorius was the first double amputee athlete to compete at the World Athletics Championships. READ MORE: Reeva Steenkamp, from model to law graduate "If there is some special circumstance that permits this, authorities must share this with the public as they are setting a bad precedent," the women's branch of South Africa's ruling party said in a prepared statement.South African model Reeva Steenkamp died in February 2013 after she was shot at the home of her boyfriend, Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. "All should be treated equally before the law no matter your standing in society." Pistorius got special treatment, the African National Congress Women's League said, adding that his family was able to see him outside visiting hours -- unlike relatives of other inmates.
Pistorius passes the baton to Ofentse Mogawane in a 4x400-meter relay race during the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in September 2011.And Pistorius, if he is eventually convicted and jailed, should find that his particular medical needs as a double amputee are taken into account, she said.This could mean that he is sent to a prison with better medical facilities or wheelchair access, she suggested.Some prisons go into lockdown as early as 3 or 4 p.m., leaving prisoners cooped up for 12 hours or more at a stretch. Overcrowding is a particular problem in remand prisons, where it runs at just over 200%, she said, citing figures from the Department of Correctional Services.Overall, overcrowding in prisons stands at about 133%. The track star's high-profile case has put South Africa's criminal justice system under the spotlight.South African prisons are frequently overcrowded, putting a strain on sanitation, ventilation and medical care, according to Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi, project coordinator for the Johannesburg-based Wits Justice Project , a civil society group. The overcrowding means three men may share a single cell, or communal cells for 40 people are jammed with double the number they were intended to hold, with men sleeping in double or triple bunks, she said.
"We heard of one person who for the first year in remand detention slept on the floor and then 'graduated' to a bunk," she said. Many inmates are kept locked up for 23 hours a day, with only an hour outside their cell.That counters the track star's assertion he was wearing his prosthetic legs at the time. Some of South Africa's prisons are better than others.Defense attorney Barry Roux countered by suggesting that even with his prosthetic legs on, Pistorius would not be swinging a bat at the same height as an able-bodied person. But whichever one might house Pistorius, there's no question that conditions would be a far cry from those in his 0,000 home in the luxury Silverwoods Estate, on the outskirts of Pretoria.A police officer takes part in a court reconstruction March 12.A police forensic expert said Pistorius was on the stumps of his amputated legs when he knocked down a locked toilet door with a cricket bat to reach his shot girlfriend. Is this what awaits South Africa's Oscar Pistorius if he is found guilty of premeditated murder in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year?Pistorius poses with his medals from the IPC Athletics World Championships in January 2011.