Hawks ready to proceed with Bobby Motaung case, but is NPA?

2013-08-24 10:50

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The Hawks unit has confirmed the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) withdrew the summonses that would drag Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung and five others back to court to face tender-rigging charges.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said the police had nothing to do with the withdrawal of the summonses and they were ready to see the R1.2 billion Mbombela Stadium case resume in the Nelspruit High Court yesterday.

The Nelspruit regional court expunged two cases related to the stadium tender from the court roll on June 24 because NPA management were arguing whether the case should be heard in the regional or the high court.

Motaung, his partner at Emerging Equity (Pty) Ltd, Herbert Theledi, and former company chief executive officer Chris Grip were charged for using a false tax certificate when they bid for the tender to design the stadium; forging a Mbombela council letter to get a R1 million overdraft; and alleged theft of R143 million.

The trio was charged along with former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla, former Ehlanzeni district municipality technical manager Tebogo Kubeka and lawyer Michael Ramanos, for fraud, corruption and contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act to the value of R920 million.

“Reasons why the summons were withdrawn will be provided by the NPA. We completed our investigation and we’re ready. We respect their decision but we want the matter on the court roll and conclude it,” Ramaloko said.

NPA spokesperson Medupe Simasiku did not return calls and a texted questions on the matter.

When the Nelspruit regional court struck the case off the roll in June, prosecutor Advocate Patrick Nkuna told the court there seemed to be a tug of war in the NPA.

Nkuna wanted the case to be transferred to the high court, and was due to serve the accused with an indictment.

His seniors, however, issued two contradicting letters – one saying the matter should be heard in the regional court while the other said it should go to the high court.

It took the Hawks three years to charge the six suspects following public outcry that there was a deliberate attempt to squash the investigation because it could implicate senior ANC politicians in Mpumalanga.

The public is still waiting for the police to solve the mystery on who assassinated former Mbombela speaker, Jimmy Mohlala, in 2009.

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