Charges against Bobby Motaung dropped

2013-06-25 08:56

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A case of fraud, corruption and forgery against Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung and two other men was dropped in the Nelspruit Regional Court.

Magistrate Roelf Smith struck the case from the roll, saying he could see no progress into the matter.

The SABC reported yesterday that the court heard there were two conflicting letters with instructions about where the case would be heard.

Smith also used those letters to justify his decision, according to the broadcaster. Motaung, his business partner Herbert Theledi, and former Lefika Emerging Equity CEO Chris Gribb were accused of corruption related to the construction of the Mbombela Stadium ahead of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.

In April, the three accused attempted to have the case struck off the roll. They called for the charges against them to be provisionally withdrawn until the state was better prepared. The court rejected their claims.

The three face a second case, relating to R920 million involving Gribb’s former lawyer Michael Romanos, former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla, and former Ehlanzeni District Municipality technical services manager, Tebogo Kubeka.

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