Arrests imminent in Mbombela Stadium ‘corruption’ case

2012-08-11 16:17

Police in Mpumalanga are finally poised to make arrests in connection with alleged tender corruption in the Mbombela Stadium deal – three years after the stadium was built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

City Press has reliably learnt that three warrants of arrest were signed in the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday this week, but could not verify the names of the people set to be arrested.

The R1.2 billion Nelspruit Stadium deal is believed to be what cost former Mbombela council speaker Jimmy Mohlala his life in 2009.

Mohlala blew the whistle on alleged corruption surrounding the deal.

He was gunned down at his KaNyamazane home in January 2009 before he could lay criminal complaints against individuals involved in allegedly shady deals involving the stadium.

Murder charges against four men who were accused of shooting him were withdrawn earlier this year.

Although the council ordered a number of audits after picking up questionable transactions involving public funds, no arrests have ever been made in connection with corruption concerning the World Cup venue.

A senior Mpumalanga police source said: “We got three warrants of arrest in relation to the Mbombela Stadium issue and arrests could have been made this week, but it was decided to postpone until next week.”

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi would not be drawn into commenting on the imminent arrests.

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