Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The athlete appeared in court on Wednesday to hear his fate.
The State had called on Judge Thokozile Masipa to hand down a minimum sentence of 15 years, while lawyers for the athlete argued for a non-custodial sentence.
Judge Masipa said she believed Oscar was remorseful for shooting Reeva on Valentine's Day in 2013.
He maintained throughout his trial that he shot her through his bathroom door after mistaking her for an intruder.
The Supreme Court of Appeal overturned Judge Masipa’s original culpable homicide conviction, changing it to murder in 2015. Oscar's case was sent back to Masipa for re-sentencing.
Judge Masipa said on Wednesday that a long-term sentence would not be in the interest of justice.
She stated that there had been an incorrect perception that Oscar had intentionally killed Reeva.
"There is not a shred of evidence placed before this court that supports such a perception," she was quoted as saying.
Judge Masipa added that there was also no evidence to suggest that Oscar was abusive towards Reeva.
She took a number of mitigating factors into account.
South Africans have slammed the judge for failing to hand down an appropriate sentence.
Local celebs also expressed their disappointment.
Dear Black Child. Don't go killing others, thinking you're #OscarPistorius, you'll NOT a get lighter sentence than 15 years in jail.— @djcleo1 (@djcleo1) July 6, 2016
only 6 years????? come on!!! #OscarPistorius— Thando Thabooty (@Thando_Thabethe) July 6, 2016
So #OscarPistorius gets 6 years. He only needs to do half. He's been in custody for 1. So he will be out in 2. That's all white then.— Adil Ray (@adilray) July 6, 2016
#OscarPistorius The murderer could be out on parole in under 24 months. Has life in our country become so cheap?— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) July 6, 2016
6 years!!! Ok so he will be out next year! 🙄 Oh well, that's what happens when you got money ...— leratokganyago (@leratokganyago) July 6, 2016
Masipa has failed us and Reeva #OscarPistorius— Siv Ngesi (@iamSivN) July 6, 2016
☹️😡 Akere le a bona!!! NX!!! And chances are he will STILL appeal this slap on the wrist!!! #OscarPistorius— DJ Fresh (Big Dawg) (@DJFreshSA) July 6, 2016