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Oscar extortion scam: Case against Limpopo man postponed

The man is accused of trying to scam convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius out of a R250,000.

Oscar Pistorius listens to judgment being handed down in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 11 September 2014. Picture: Pool.
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JOHANNESBURG - The extortion case against a Limpopo man accused of trying to scam convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius out of a R250,000 has been postponed until Thursday for a bail application.

The accused appeared briefly in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Pretoria today following his arrest on Friday.

Pistorius returns to court next month to be sentenced as a murderer, after his appeal to the Constitutional Court was rejected earlier this month.

The former athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day three years ago.

The State alleges that the accused called Pistorius and told him he worked for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and was part of prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s team.

He allegedly offered to make Pistorius murder conviction “go away”.

It’s understood that Pistorius played along and tipped off the Hawks, who then set up a sting operation, which led to the man’s arrest on Friday.

The accused was allegedly paid R40,000 before he was arrested.

The matter has been postponed until Thursday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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