Bogus NPA official who attempted to bribe Pistorius expected in court

The man was arrested in PTA on Friday after soliciting a bribe of R250,000 from the Oscar Pistorius.

FILE. Oscar Pistorius arriving at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his bail application on 8 December 2015. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of posing as an official from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and offering Oscar Pistorius a deal to destroy his murder case for cash, is expected to appear in court next week.

The suspect was arrested in Pretoria on Friday after he solicited a bribe of R250,000 from the Pistoriius.

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

Police spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says, "He actually was extorting about R250,000 from Mr. Oscar Pistorius to have his case squashed. He will appearing on Tuesday at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on charges of corruption."

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

The Hawks have since commended the former athlete for reporting the incident.