Man nabbed for telling Pistorius he could make murder case ‘go away’

The man, posing as an NPA official, was arrested after trying to solicit R250,000 from Oscar Pistorius.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria in October 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have arrested a man who contacted Oscar Pistorius offering to squash his murder case for R250,000.

Pistorius is due to be sentenced next month for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The suspect, posing as a National Prosecuting Authority official, was arrested in Pretoria this afternoon after approaching the convicted murderer with the scam.

Spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi says the former athlete alerted the Hawks about the deal yesterday.

"Today we had a 'take down' operation where we gave him R40,000 as a deposit. When he accepted the money, he was arrested."

The suspect has been charged with corruption and will appear in the commercial crimes court on Monday.