The prosecution against Oscar Pistorius will return to court to challenge the Olympian’s sentencing.
Pistorius’ lawyers tried to cancel the appeal, but failed, with their application thrown out by Judge Thokozile Masipa.
Prosecutors want Pistorius found guilty of the more serious charge of murder for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp multiple times through a door in a bathroom in his home in 2013.
28-year-old Pistorius is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide, but a murder conviction would carry a minimum sentence of 15 years in jail.
Reeva’s mother, June, who attended much of last year’s trial, said this week that she was not interested in the appeal.
“How is it going to help me?” Mrs Steenkamp said, adding “my daughter died. Horribly.”