Pistorius scamster case postponed

2016-03-24 12:20

Pretoria - A man who allegedly told Oscar Pistorius he could quash his murder conviction in exchange for R250 000 made a brief court appearance on Thursday.  

Tshifiwa Reuben Radzhadzi, 33, appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on charges of corruption and extortion. 

He confirmed that a new lawyer would take over his case. The matter was postponed to 4 April for a formal bail application. 

Prosecutor Willem van Zyl told a court room filled with Radzhadzi's family and friends that the State needed to clarify the status of his outstanding offences.

"There is an outstanding warrant of arrest in Polokwane, and the other statement says the case has been withdrawn. Both can't be true," Van Zyl said.

Radzhadzi allegedly approached the former Paralympic athlete and demanded money in exchange for quashing his murder conviction, according to an affidavit the State read to the court.

He claimed to be part of a team, working alongside the prosecutor in Pistorius's murder trial, Gerrie Nel. It had since been established that Radzhadzi was not a National Prosecuting Authority employee.

"Mr Pistorius played along and then alerted authorities," Van Zyl told the court at Radzhadzi's previous appearance on Tuesday.  

A sting operation was set up and Radzhadzi was arrested after he collected R40 000 near the High Court in Pretoria on Friday, 18 March.

Pistorius is expected to be sentenced on April 18 for the February 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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