Mbombela Stadium case: No quick wrap-up

2012-08-26 22:11
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Mbombela - It may take a while before any more arrests are made in connection with corruption surrounding the construction of the R1.2bn Mbombela Stadium.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela told African Eye News Service that police are not yet ready to formulate any more charges.

“We have several phases in our investigation into the stadium and these investigations will focus on the tendering to build the stadium,” said Polela. "[However], we are not at the stage where we are formulating charges yet."

The Hawks have already charged Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung, his business partner at Lefika Emerging Equity, Herbert Theledi, and former Lefika chief executive Chris Grib.

Polela would not say if former senior officials at the Mbombela local municipality are also under investigation.

One senior official key to the preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and the Mbombela Stadium was former municipal manager Jacob Dladla.

Dladla was dismissed on 10 December 2009 following irregularities surrounding preparations for the 2010 World Cup, the building of the Mbombela Stadium and his refusal to implement 361 council resolutions.

Municipal speaker at the time, Jimmy Mohlala, was murdered a week before he was scheduled to testify at a hearing against Dladla regarding Dladla's failure to declare his private business interests with beneficiaries of the 2010 deal, and his role in questionable expenditure involving Lefika.

Mohlala was also reportedly preparing to lodge separate criminal charges against Lefika.

As early as April 2008 forensic investigators from Ngobe-Nkosi Attorneys recommended that Dladla be dismissed.

Dladla’s disciplinary hearing started in July 2008 and was postponed five times before he was finally sacked.

Golden handshake

In January 2010 Dladla approached the Labour Court to appeal his unfair dismissal.

The matter dragged on in court until November 2011 when Mbombela’s councillors gave him a R1.5m golden handshake, two years after he was dismissed.

The councillors settled with Dladla despite being advised against it by their own legal council Kruger Moeletsi Attorneys senior director Johan du Preez.

The municipality has also withdrawn all criminal charges against Dladla.

Following the golden handshake Mbombela spokesperson Joseph Ngala confirmed that the charges were withdrawn and that the findings of the disciplinary hearing were also nullified.

"If we proceeded with the matter we could have been stuck in court for another two to three years,” said Ngala.

 

Read more on:    hawks  |  bobby motaung  |  mbombela  |  corruption  |  swc 2010
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