Mbombela fraudsters appear in court

By Drum Digital
15 October 2012

Three men accused of corruption in the building of Mbombela Stadium are set to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung, his business partner at Lefika Emerging Equity, Herbert Theledi and their co-accused Chris Gribb, face charges of forgery and fraud.

They allegedly forged SA Revenue Service documents to get a contract to build the Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Motaung and Theledi were granted bail of R50,000 each and Gribb was released on R20,000 bail.

The court prohibited them from having contact with any Mbombela municipality employees while out on bail. They were also ordered not to come within 500m of the Mbombela municipal offices.

In their last court appearance, over 100 protesters held up posters reading: "Who killed Jimmy", "What happened to Jimmy" and "Stop Corruption".

Some protesters wore T-shirts bearing the image of Mbombela municipal speaker Jimmy Mohlala, who was shot dead in January 2009 after blowing the whistle on companies and individuals he claimed were involved in tender corruption.

Other protesters wore African National Congress and SA Communist Party T-shirts.

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