Man who tried to extort Oscar Pistorius to apply for bail

Tshifhiwa Rudzhadzi made a brief appearance in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Pretoria yesterday.

Advocate Barry Roux talks to his client, Oscar Pistorius, during a bail application in the High Court in Pretoria on 8 December 2015. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - A Limpopo man is expected to apply for bail tomorrow after being arrested for allegedly attempting to extort R250,000 from Oscar Pistorius and his family.

The accused made a brief appearance in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Pretoria yesterday, he was arrested in a sting operation 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 33-year-old Tshifhiwa Rudzhadzi offered to make Pistorius's murder conviction go away.

It's understood the accused told Pistorius that he was a National Prosecuting Authority official and part of prosecutor Gerrie Nel's team.

However, the former athlete played along and alerted the Hawks to the scam.

Investigators arrested Rudzhadzi on Friday after he accepted R40,000 as a down payment in the deal.

A bail application is scheduled to be heard tomorrow.