South Africa’s elite investigation unit commonly known as the Hawks has arrested a man who demanded a whooping sum of R250,000 from former Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius to help quash his case.
The 33-year-old had lied about himself, pretending to be an official from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The bandit was apprehended in Pretoria on Friday afternoon following intensified manhunt launched by the Hawks.
Confirming the arrest, Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement, “the suspect was arrested next to the Pretoria High Court and he has been charged with corruption.”
Malaudzi affirmed that the arrest was made “soon after he received a deposit of R40‚000 for his services which included to have Oscar Pistorius murder case destroyed.”
Further charges cannot be ruled out‚ the Hawks said.
Meanwhile, the suspect will appear at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.
Oscar Pistorius‚ who is out on bail of R10‚000‚ is due back in Pretoria High Court on 18 April for fresh sentencing on the murder conviction.
The trial of the former athlete known as the Blade Runner has been closely followed around the world.
The troubled former Paralympic athlete failed in his last-ditch attempt by to appeal against his conviction for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
On 14th February 2013, Oscar killed his 29-year-old girlfriend, who was a law graduate after firing four shots in the door of a toilet cubicle, he thereafter stated that he mistook her for an intruder.
Oscar was in prison for a year before being released on correctional supervision in October last year.
The athlete was originally sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide conviction, but was released one year later under house arrest.
He now faces a possible minimum of 15-year jail sentence.