JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung and his business partners, who have been charged with fraud, will be facing an additional count of corruption when they appear in Nelspruit Magistrate Court on Monday.
The charges are related to the construction of the R1, 2 billion, 40,929-seat Mbombela Stadium west of Nelspruit.
Together with the co-director and former financial officer of his company Lefika Emerging Equity, Motaung was arrested following a brief court appearance on Friday.
The Hawks Paul Ramoloko said they have been released on R15, 000 bail each.
“We are not pressing charges of fraud and corruption against the company’s three directors, its municipal manager and chairperson.”
LAWYER: MOTAUNG’S LIFE BEING THREATENED
NELSPRUIT – Lawyers for Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung on Monday said their client had been receiving death threats since fraud charges were brought against him and his business partners.
Motaung, Herbert Theledi and Chris Grib are accused of forging documents in an effort to win a tender for designing the multimillion rand Mbombela Stadium for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
The trio was arrested in August and released on R50,000 bail each.
Their case on Monday postponed to March in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court.
Motaung appeared cheerful as he made jokes before court proceedings began, but his lawyer, Zola Majavu, said the case was taking its toll on him.
“He is morally devastated. It is not nice to walk into a courtroom and people hurl all manner of insults at you.”
Majavu said Motaung feared for his life, and said he was constantly surrounded by bodyguards.
“He is not taking this very well.”
The soccer boss and his business partners allegedly submitted documents misrepresenting their company, Lefika Emerging Equity, in a good position to secure a tender.
It is also alleged the group submitted fraudulent South African Revenue Service documents for their consulting contract.
The Nelspruit stadium, which forced the relocation of two schools and caused violent protests in neighbouring areas, hosted just four World Cup matches
MOTAUNG CASE POSTPONED, BAIL EXTENDED
NELSPRUIT – Kaizer Chiefs General Manager Bobby Motaung’s bail was extended on Monday in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga.
His case was also postponed to March 1.
Motaung along with business partners Herbert Theledi and Chris Grib face corruption and forgery charges, relating to the construction of the Mbombela Stadium for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Proceedings were delayed by more than 20 minutes because Motaung and his co-accused were stuck in a lift.
Prosecutors wasted no time telling the court they were ready for trial.
But defence lawyers brought an application for a postponement, while they sought a lawyer to represent the trio’s company, Lefika Emerging Equity.
The company is also an accused of being involved in the fraud case.
After a session of finger pointing, the magistrate postponed the matter in order to allow the company to get its own representation.
But Motaung’s lawyer Zola Majavu slammed the state for suggesting the defence is employing delay tactics.
Majavu said his client’s image and that of Kaizer Chiefs was tarnished during the case.
He said Motaung wants to clear his name.
CHIEFS MUM ON MOTAUNG’S ARREST
There is a wall of silence at Kaizer Chiefs’ headquarters on Friday following manager Bobby Motaung’s appearance in court for tender fraud.
He and co-accused Herbert Theledi were granted R50,000 bail each by the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
They face charges of fraud, theft and forgery relating to a tender for the construction of the Mbombela Stadium.
The stadium was built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
On Friday, security personnel refused Eyewitness News access to the team’s headquarters.
Officials said Motaung did not report for duty on Friday.
Kaizer Chiefs spokesperson Vina Maphosa said senior managers were locked in meetings, but would not give details on whether Motaung’s arrest was on the agenda.
Maphosa added the issue was a personal matter.
Motaung is expected to plead not guilty when he returns to court in October.