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Motaung’s bribe case

Motaung’s bribe case  : The two men accused of trying to solicit a R600 000 bribe from Kaizer Chiefs boss were reportedly denied bail at the Wynburg Magistrate’s on Wednesday.

According to The Sowetan, Mpho Mphahlele and Peter Moutlane appeared on charges of extortion after they posed as senior Hawks officials who could help make Bobby Motaung’s corruption investigation disappear.

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The two suspects were arrested after Motaung contacted the police who set a trap for the pair.

Captain Ayanda Plaatjie from the Hawks’ serious corruption investigating unit earlier told the court that the men were previously convicted for crimes committed in 2001 and 2011.

Plaatjie told the court that this was one of the reasons he opposed bail.

Source: Citizen 

Motaung’s bribe case

The two men accused of trying to solicit a R600 000 bribe from Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung were denied bail at the Wynburg Magistrate’s on Wednesday.

Mpho Mphahlele, 33, and Peter Moutlane, 51, appeared at the Wynburg Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg on charges of extortion after they posed as senior Hawks officials who could help make Motaung’s corruption investigation disappear.

They were arrested after Motaung contacted the police who set a trap for the pair.

Captain Ayanda Plaatjie from the Hawks’ serious corruption investigating unit earlier told the court that the men were previously convicted for crimes committed in 2001 and 2011.

Plaatjie, who has been with the elite investigating unit for eight years, told the court that this was one of the reasons he opposed bail.

Source : sowetan

Motaung’s bribe case

The R1.2 billion Mbombela Stadium case, which has been in limbo over the past three years, will no longer return to court.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed for the first time today that the fraud and corruption charges against Kaizer Chiefs Football Club manager, Bobby Motaung, and five others will no longer be pursued and the matter was closed in November 2016.

Motaung was arrested on August 15 2012 alongside his business partner in Lefika Emerging Equity, Herbert Theledi, and the company’s former chief executive officer Chris Grip.

 

Motaung’s bribe case

They were charged with fraud amounting to R143 million for allegedly using a false tax certificate when Lefika submitted a bid for a tender to design the stadium. They also allegedly forged a Mbombela council letter with a fake signature of former Mbombela municipal manager, Sgananda Siboza, to obtain a R1 million overdraft from a bank.

The Hawks also arrested former Mbombela manager Jacob Dladla, Ehlanzeni District technical director Tebogo Kubeka and Grip’s lawyer, Michael Ramos, on charges of theft, fraud and the alleged contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) relating to the staidum tenders valued at R920 million.

 

NPA’s spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Monica Nyuswa, said the matter was closed after police could not obtain evidence requested by lead prosecutor, Advocate Willem van Zyl.

“The decision was a nolle prosequi (a formal notice of abandonment action). The NPA cannot revive a case with insufficient evidence,” Nyuswa said.

It is not clear what evidence was outstanding from the case, because the prosecutor Advocate Patrick Nkuna had been insisting that the investigation was complete when the trial had begun in the Nelspruit regional court.

 

The case collapsed on June 24 2013 when Nkuna had applied for the case to be transferred to the North Gauteng High Court. When the regional court had to formally transfer the case, NPA management sent two contradicting letters to the court – much to Nkuna’s surprise. One letter said the case should continue in the regional court while another said it could be transferred.

Magistrate Roelf Smith struck the matter off the roll because of the two letters. Smith said he could not see progress in the matter. At that time, Nkuna complained to the court: “A deputy director signed the indictment for the case to go to high court and now this shows his letter was undermined. I hope this will not put my job on the line …There is war within the NPA”.

After this bungle, former acting Hawks head, Major-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, took the docket from the investigator, Warrant Officer Mashudu Mashamba. Mashamba was then forced to take a transfer to work in Giyani.

Jimmy Mohlala assassination

Another aspect of the Mbombela case is the assassination of former City of Mbombela speaker, Jimmy Mohlala. Mohlala was fatally shot January 5 2009 when he was blowing the whistle corruption in the stadium tenders.

 

The police have not been able to make a breakthrough on Mohlala’s murder. However, Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, said the murder was still under investigation.

Source : news24

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Bobby Motaung arrested

KAIZER Chiefs general manager Bobby Motaung was one of two people arrested yesterday in a fraud, forgery and theft case linked to the construction of the Mbombela Stadium in the Mbombela municipal area (Nel­spruit).

Without naming them, Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said two people were arrested — one in Naturena and another in Cape Town — and they were looking for a third suspect.

Kaizer Chiefs are based in Naturena. A well placed source confirmed to The Witness that Motaung, son of club owner Kaizer Motaung, was one of those arrested yesterday.

The R1 billion Mbombela Stadium was one of the 10 stadiums used during the 2010 World Cup.

Bobby Motaung arrested

Lefika Emerging Equity, a company of which Motaung was an executive director, was fingered as being allegedly involved in fraudulent activities during the stadium’s construction.

Former Mbombela council speaker Jimmy Mohlala was gunned down at his house in KaNyamazane township in 2009 after threatening to expose evidence of corruption in the stadium tender process.

He was hailed as a whistleblower in the matter and was reported to be on the verge of laying criminal charges when he was killed.

Mohlala’s assassins are yet to be found after charges against five accused in the case were withdrawn in January.

It is alleged that Lefika Emerging Equity forged SA Revenue Services (SARS) documents to obtain the tender to build the stadium.

Arrest warrants for three people to be charged in the matter were issued in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Saturday last week, sister paper City Press reported on the weekend.

The two arrested yesterday are expected to appear in the court today.

While media outlets and social networks named Motaung as one of those arrested, Kaizer Chiefs claimed they had not heard anything.

“As of this moment, Kaizer Chiefs has not received any formal confirmation of Bobby Motaung’s arrest. Because of this we cannot comment on the matter,” said club spokesperson Vina Maphosa.

However, he added that “Bobby was absent from work today [yesterday]”.

Safa CEO Robin Petersen said he would comment only once police confirmed the arrests.

“I’ve had a look at all the websites and at this stage there is no confirmation from any police that Bobby Motaung was arrested. Football is a sensitive terrain and I would rather wait for confirmation. I would then consult the president [Kirsten Nematandani] before making any comment,” Petersen told The Witness.

Asked for his reaction to the developments, World Cup LOC CEO Danny Jordaan said he was not aware of Motaung’s arrest.

He added that construction of the stadiums had nothing to do with the organising committee or Fifa, and was the responsibility of local governments.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula also refused to comment as he had not heard about the arrests.

Mbombela Municipality spokesperson Joseph Ngala said: “We unfortunately cannot comment at this stage,” adding that they had not yet seen the charge sheet.source : news24 

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