Oscar’s extortionist is jailed



November 2, 2016
Oscar’s extortionist is jailed

APPROACHED: Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius

The man who pretended to be fake lawyer to get cash out of Pistorius gets a four-year sentence.

The fake prosecutor who told murder convict Oscar Pistorius that he could make his case disappear for a R350 000 fee has been jailed.

Tshifhiwa Radzhadzhi, 33, who pretended to be a state lawyer, has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Radzhadzhi was arrested on March 2016 in a sting operation as he received R40 000 from the Blade Runner.

The fallen track star is now serving a prison sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at his house on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Radzhadzhi called Pistorius, claiming to be a National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) official and said “prosecutor Gerrie Nel is in his team”.

He told the former paralympian that for R350 000, he could make his case disappear.

Pistorius agreed to pay a deposit of R40 000 and then contacted the police.

A trap was set and the impostor was arrested by the Hawks in Pretoria on Friday, March 18.

The Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson, Colonel Robert Netshiunda, yesterday said Radzhadzhi was sentenced to four years in jail for corruption.

Radzhadzhi was also sentenced to eight years imprisonment for impersonating a prosecutor.

“This sentenced was wholly suspended for four years. Radzhadzhi masqueraded as a prosecutor from the National Prosecuting Authority and demanded R350 000 from Pistorius so that he could squash his murder conviction,” said Netshiunda.

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