Man accused of Pistorius scam has previous criminal convictions

The accused made a brief appearance the Pretoria Specialised Commercialised Crimes Court today.

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 - It's emerged that the Limpopo man accused of attempting to extort a quarter a quarter-of-a-million rand from Oscar Pistorius has previous criminal convictions.

The accused made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Specialised Commercialised Crimes Court today, where the matter was postponed.

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 has established that Tshifhiwa Radzhadzi has two previous convictions, one of which is fraud.

The prosecutor asked the court for more time to allow investigators to establish whether the accused is wanted on an arrest warrant in Limpopo on another pending case.

Radzhadzi faces one count of contravening the National Prosecuting Authority act for allegedly impersonating a prosecutions employee and another count of corruption and alternatively extortion.

Radzhadzi allegedly told Pistorius that he worked with prosecutor Gerrie Nel and for a fee of R250,000 he would ensure he does not go back to jail.

The matter resumes in two weeks' time.