Man who attempted to bribe Oscar Pistorius in court today
The man allegedly posed as an NPA official & asked for R250k to make Pistorius's conviction disappear.
CAPE TOWN - A man who allegedly told Oscar Pistorius's family he could quash his murder conviction in exchange for a bribe will make his first court appearance today in Pretoria.
The 33-year-old man was arrested in a sting operation on Friday.
He allegedly posed as a National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) official and called Pistorius on Thursday night, demanding R250,000 from him to make his murder conviction disappear.
Pistorius is due to be sentenced next month for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The athlete 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.
Police spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said, "He actually was extorting about R250,000 from Mr Oscar Pistorius to have his case quashed. He will be appearing on Tuesday at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on charges of corruption."
Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court rejected his application to challenge the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision to set aside his culpable homicide conviction.