Hawks commend Pistorius for exposing trickster

A man was arrested yesterday for offering to make the athlete’s murder case disappear for R250,000.

FILE. Oscar Pistorius during his sentencing at the High Court in Pretoria on, 21 October 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have commended Oscar Pistorius for exposing a man who offered to destroy his murder case in exchange for R250,000.

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

It's understood he was approached by a 33-year-old man, who allegedly posed as an official from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Pistorius pretended to accept the bogus offer and alerted the Hawks, which led to the man's arrest.

The man was arrested in Pretoria yesterday afternoon.

Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says, "We had a take-down operation, where we gave him R40,000 in cash as a deposit. As and when he accepted the money, he was then arrested."

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