Oscar Pistorius scamster's case postponed

2016-04-04 13:28

Pretoria - The case against the man who allegedly offered to quash Oscar Pistorius’s murder conviction for R350 000 was postponed in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

Tshifiwa Radzhadzhi’s new lawyer told the court he needed time to consult his client.

"For me to go on will be highly suicidal for the accused," Mpesi Makhanya said.

"I'm only coming on record this morning and I'm not in a position to proceed."

The court heard how Radzhadzhi, 33, had wanted Pistorius to give him R350 000, instead of the R250 000 he was believed to have demanded initially. He faces a charge of corruption.

Prosecutor Willem van Zyl opposed the postponement, saying it was a delaying tactic.

During the last appearance, the case was postponed to allow the State to look into a warrant of arrested issued against Radzhadzhi by the Mankweng Magistrate's Court.

"I discovered why the State will oppose bail, and it is because of a warrant of arrest which I need to clarify myself and advise the accused accordingly," Makhanya said.

Van Zyl said it was unacceptable for an accused applying for bail to ask for a postponement.

"I'm placing on record that I get the feeling the accused is trying to play cat and mouse."

Van Zyl said it seemed Radzhadzhi was trying to see what the State’s strategy was before deciding on his next move.

Radzhadzhi was arrested for allegedly impersonating a National Prosecuting Authority official and contacting Pistorius to demand money to make his murder conviction disappear.

Pistorius played along and contacted the Hawks. Radzhadzhi was handed R40 000 and arrested next to the High Court in Pretoria during a sting operation on Friday, March 18.

Pistorius is expected to be sentenced in June for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He shot and killed her in his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

He fired four shots through the locked door of his toilet, claiming he thought an intruder was hiding inside. He served one-sixth of his five-year culpable homicide sentence in prison and was released in October last year to serve the remainder under correctional supervision at his uncle’s home.

The State approached the Supreme Court of Appeal to have the conviction of culpable homicide set aside. On December 3 last year, the court found in favour of the State and found him guilty of murder.

Radzhadzhi's case was postponed to April 12 for a formal bail application.

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