More trouble for Chiefs boss

2013-03-03 15:14
Bobby Motaung (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - While his team prepares to face reigning champions Orlando Pirates this coming Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung is fighting his own battle in court.

Motaung will appear in the Nelspruit regional court on Monday with five co-accused after being arrested on additional charges relating to the construction of the R1,2bn Mbombela Stadium.

On Friday, he, his business partner Herbert Theledi, former chief executive at Lefika Emerging Equity Chris Grib, and lawyer Michael Romanos were each slapped with new charges of fraud, corruption and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act.

Motaung, Theledi and Grib had arrived at court in the morning for a separate R143m fraud case relating to the stadium, which was postponed to April 22.

Motaung, Theledi and Grib were released on R15 000 bail. Romanos was released on warning.

On Monday, they will appear with two other accused - former technical services manager in the Ehlanzeni district municipality Tebogo Kubeka and former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla - who were arrested last year.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramoloko told journalists that more arrests were expected to be made.

"This is just one part of a bigger fish. As the investigation intensifies, more arrests are looming. In the end, the public will know who did what in the construction of the Mbombela Stadium," said Ramoloko.

State Advocate Patrick Nkuna told the court on Friday that the new charges involved the loss of R920m and that the accused corruptly collaborated to appoint company Basil Reed to build the stadium.

They are accused of appointing a second bid evaluation committee with Dladla’s help and without the municipality’s knowledge.

Nkuna said the initial committee's recommendations were ignored or sidelined.

"The then municipal manager, Mr Dladla, illegally constructed a bid adjudication committee, changed the chairperson of the committee and replaced him with accused number two in this case (Kubeka) and made the previous chairperson a secretary," said Nkuna.

He claimed Romanos, as compliance officer, submitted documents to Dladla knowing the processes had been illegal.

He said all documents were kept at Lefika and none bore the municipality’s logo.

He claimed the accused failed to disclose their relationship with Basil Reed, which built Kaizer Chiefs’ stadium.

Read more on:    kaizer chiefs  |  psl  |  bobby motaung  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

25 October 2016
Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
26 October 2016
Ajax Cape Town v Wits, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
28 October 2016
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Chippa United v Platinum Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 20:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

When all is said and done in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.