Mbombela: man arrested after trying to assault accused

2012-10-29 14:55

Mpumalanga police arrested a 33-year-old man who allegedly assaulted one of the accused in the R1.2 billion Mbombela stadium tender corruption matter as they left the Nelspruit Regional Court.

The man was among the angry protesters, consisting mainly of Mpumalanga ANC Youth League members, outside court today. They brandished placards demanding to know who assassinated former Mbombela council speaker Jimmy Mohlala in January 2009. Mohlala was a whistle-blower.

Kaizer Chiefs Football Club boss Bobby Motaung, his partner at Lefika Emerging Equity (Pty) Ltd, Herbert Theledi, and former Lefika CEO Chris Grip appeared on charges of fraud worth R143 million.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe confirmed that a 33-year-old man was arrested but could not confirm details.

“I haven’t seen the docket but it is alleged that the man assaulted one of the accused and has been charged with assault, interfering with police duties and resisting arrest,” Sedibe said.

He will appear in court tomorrow.

Two eye witnesses said the angry man charged at Theledi as he was leaving the court.

“He jumped at Theledi, but the comrades restrained him before he could assault him,” said one eye witness.

Motaung, Theledi and Grip are charged with fraud amounting to R143 million in the R1.2 billion Mbombela stadium tender. Their case was postponed to December 3.

After the three had appeared, former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla and former technical services director at Ehlanzeni District council Tebogo Kubeka appeared on separate charges relating to the stadium corruption.

They face charges of fraud, corruption and contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act to the value of R920 million.

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