The Constitutional Court has denied Oscar Pistorius' leave to appeal his murder conviction and he will be sentenced in April.
The appeal bid was rejected as the court found that there was no prospect of success.
Criminal law expert Tyrone Maseko explained that Pistorius' legal team will now have to prepare arguments in mitigation of sentence.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:
Minimum sentencing legislation dictates that, unless there are substantial and compelling reasons to depart from the the minimum sentence of 15 years, the sentence should handed down.— Tyrone Maseko, criminal law attorney