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Fri Apr 25 10:13:57 SAST 2014

Hawks 'snatch Chiefs boss on graft charges'

KATLEGO MOENG | 16 August, 2012 07:380 Comments
Nedbank Cup Last 16: Black Leopards v Kaizer Chiefs
Bobby Motaung during the Nedbank Cup match between Black Leopards and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium on March 31, 2012 in Polokwane, South Africa
Image by: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

The Hawks arrested Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung yesterday on charges of corruption, a reliable source has confirmed.

Bobby is the son of Kaizer Motaung, founder and chairman of the Glamour Boys.

Hawks spokesman Colonel McIntosh Polela said: "We have arrested two men on allegations of fraud, forgery and theft in relation to the Mbombela stadium construction.

"One man was arrested in Naturena, southern Johannesburg, and another in Cape Town.''

A third suspect later turned himself in. The source confirmed that the man arrested in Johannesburg was Motaung.

The arrests were made eight months after the Mbombela municipality dropped its investigations into corruption allegations against Motaung and his business associates relating to the construction of the R1.2-billion Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

In November, municipal spokesman Joseph Ngala said the council had abandoned the investigation because of the high costs.

Polela said: "The forgery charge entails their company [allegedly] submitting a forged SA Revenue Service document when applying for the Mbombela tender."

Kaizer Chiefs spokesman Vina Maphosa said: ''We were not officially made aware of Bobby's arrest by authorities or anybody delegated to do so.''

Motaung is the executive director, and a major shareholder, of construction company Lefika Emerging Equity, which was awarded the tender to build the 2010 soccer World Cup stadium.

Foresic investigations later showed that Lefika had received an allegedly irregular payment of R43-million. Former World Cup coordinator Differ Mogale allegedly approved the payments without authorisation.

Motaung also allegedly failed to declare his company's relationship with civil engineering company Basil Read and its shareholder, Bouyges Travaux Public.

In 2006, Basil Read secured a contract to build the now stalled Amakhosi stadium, near Krugersdorp, on the West Rand.

Former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla was let off the hook in court after challenging his 2009 dismissal because of his involvement in awarding the tender to Motaung's company.

Mbombela council speaker Jimmy Mohlala, who blew the whistle on corruption in the municipality and was due to testify against Dladla, was killed at his home in January 2009.

Polela said the arrested men will appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court today. "This is the conclusion of the first phase of our investigations. There might be more arrests," he said.

Motaung's administration skills have often been questioned by club loyalists because of Chiefs' doleful run in recent years. Calls for his resignation were renewed after he said in October that he would not quit as the club's GM because Chiefs was a family business and he had not applied for the job. He was rebuked by his father who apologised for his son's comment.

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