Charges against Motaung dropped

2013-06-24 22:09

Johannesburg - A R143m case of fraud, corruption and forgery against Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung and two other men was dropped in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Monday, the SABC reported.

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

The SABC reported 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They called for the charges against them to be provisionally withdrawn until the State was better prepared.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 R920m involving Gribb's former lawyer Michael Romanos, former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla, and former Ehlanzeni district municipality technical services manager, Tebogo Kubeka.

  • Werner Nel - 2013-06-24 22:20

    In Africa corruption is King!

      Tlotlo Phele - 2013-06-24 22:42

      Totally disagree , Europe is emperor of corruption , it's so bad they manipulate the media

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-24 22:44

      does that mean Malema's charges will also be dropped? Oh no, he's not Zuma's friend, i forgot.

      Ghostfacekillah - 2013-06-25 06:36

      I guess this is a case of 'money talks, bullsh#t walks'... SA justice system really functions like the ANC, no credibility at all!

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-24 22:26

    Corruption wins again

  • Doc Jabu Nhlapho - 2013-06-24 22:29

    Ja neh,kuse-Mzansi la.

  • Ted Muusha - 2013-06-24 22:31

    More of the same. Big profile cases have a natural tendency to fizzle out while an R100 thief saves a life sentence of sorts.

  • Phefo General - 2013-06-24 22:43

    money rules, indeed God is about to recall us...

      Mandlenkosi Manqele - 2013-06-24 23:36

      Pistorius is loughing, watch the space !

  • Matome Lucky - 2013-06-24 22:43

    People the case was STRUCKED FROM COURT ROLL. It is within the legal ambit of the lazy NPA to place the matter on the roll again, if new evidence suffice. But brown envelope must be little bit thicker to play this dirty game again. Useless justice system

      Naome Mokeki - 2013-06-25 10:01

      Nd the lazy NPA won't comment!mxm

  • Borney Azwendini Lebaka - 2013-06-24 22:55

    is south africa,if u steal anythng less than R10million,u wil go 2 jail bt more than that ur rich.dats hw our justice system works n brown envelopes rules

      Tuscar Tau Tau - 2013-06-25 01:43

      In a simple term,prison belong to the poor.

      Peter Storbeck - 2013-06-25 07:37

      I've checked it out over the years, it is as low as 1 million to walk. When you get to R10 million and more, your chances of walking are 97%.

  • Ntlahla Tiva - 2013-06-24 22:58

    why so many disappointed comments?the judge has found no evidence linking the three or may u ppl hve already found them guilty.they are innocent untill someone presents a compelling evidence.

      Mike Motlokwa - 2013-06-25 02:26

      @Tiva,, I doubt your IQ, the sooner you get it evaluated the better .

      Peter Storbeck - 2013-06-25 07:47

      Because it happens so often. Look at J Arthur Brown, living in an R8 million house, doing no jail time.

      Zwiswa Musetha - 2013-06-25 08:13

      Please don't try and insult our intellegence plz

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-06-24 22:58

    Obviously, another fat thief freed

  • Moss Kop - 2013-06-24 23:06

    Money speaks, and buy anything. The rich won't see the door of the prison. Only the poor will rot in jail.

  • Nduna Mbatha - 2013-06-24 23:09

    Y am I not suprised

  • Patrick Erni - 2013-06-24 23:10

    Magistrate Roelf Smith the spot light should be on you know for the next 10 years. Lets see if he upgrades or spends above his means!!!!

      Vusumuzi Mngomezulu - 2013-06-25 08:19

      Patrick i this Roelf is currently planning his early retirement is France.

  • Sidwell 'Feesh' Francis - 2013-06-24 23:22

    In a nutshell,in SA,there is no justice,period!

  • Majaha Nkosi - 2013-06-24 23:30

    The's justice in this country

  • Evangelist Thobani M Mahlaba - 2013-06-24 23:32

    kunjaloke ukuba nemali, u always buy yourself out of trouble... Pho ke what can we say. It is a dog world out there.

  • Mduduzi Nsele - 2013-06-24 23:35

    At last congra Bobby Steak GOD loves you, lets focus on our team now Kaizer chiefs and forget about past.

      Mike Motlokwa - 2013-06-25 02:36

      @Mduduzi.. Amongst all the comments, you are the only one with the CHILDISH comment chief, I wonder le gore these thing called soccer do you really know it or you just see it on the tv like these too many people of your thinking capacity .

  • Tiny Maxwell - 2013-06-24 23:36

    mxm South Africa is so corrupt, y,y,y? These justice thng must go to hell togethr wit thos fat ass rich ppl,

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-06-25 07:34

      Unfortunately that wont long as u keep voting for them (anc)..

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-06-24 23:44

    The magistrate was in their pockets and got the offer he could nt refuse,and CORRUPTION bought thm freedom again

  • Wiseman Moholi - 2013-06-25 00:00

    Something fishy here! NPA tell us the truth. A family man died here before he could testify(Mohlala).

  • Wiseman Moholi - 2013-06-25 00:02

    Something fishy here! NPA tell us the truth. A family man died here before he could testify(Mohlala).

  • Moni Morena - 2013-06-25 00:16

    Thats why criminals r so mercyless in our country,,its all about this unequality as the rich will never go to prison but the poor ones sometimes gets life sentences fr the crimes theyv never commited.

      Vusumuzi Mngomezulu - 2013-06-25 08:18

      i could not agree more, crime pays

  • Stemmer Wa Ha - 2013-06-25 00:21

    Reclaiming de Glory' Glory days r Back' Eish Jimmy Tau, luck was not on his side Like Bob steak,

  • Ri-xile B Mabasa - 2013-06-25 01:06

    wow the is no legal system when it comes to money

  • Caswell Nhlanhla Mdlalose Mdlalose - 2013-06-25 01:43


  • Caswell Nhlanhla Mdlalose Mdlalose - 2013-06-25 01:43

    laduma amakhosi 4 life at last amen

      Mike Motlokwa - 2013-06-25 02:42

      @Caswell.. People of your age group are still at creche, oh I forgot the schools are closed now, that is why we have comment like yous here.

  • Caswell Nhlanhla Mdlalose Mdlalose - 2013-06-25 01:45

    in future all soccer games or world cup must be organised by africans as weekly they support the game and the white ruby & cricket organised by whites as thet dominate understand their game.

      Niekie van Heerden - 2013-06-25 05:28

      Caswell, you must go back to Motsega's school because eish! we don't understand the nonsense you are writing. Another joke by the NPA circus!

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-06-25 07:18

      What are u trying to say boss?

      Vusumuzi Mngomezulu - 2013-06-25 08:16

      caswel where were you in 1995 when Boks worn the world cup? i suspect you are a born free you were probably in your nappies. no offence intended!

  • Winnie Mathebula - 2013-06-25 01:56

    confirmed money buys, happiness, freedom and love.

  • Stanely Mabunda - 2013-06-25 02:39

    depends on who you are

  • Stanely Mabunda - 2013-06-25 02:40

    in sa jail is for the poor and the political foes

  • Ivan Kgare - 2013-06-25 03:09


  • Teboho Rammiki - 2013-06-25 04:23

    Well wat do u know another disgrace from NPA moola boi.

  • Tituz Van der Thiba - 2013-06-25 04:28

    If jub jub tendered 2 built stadiums he wud hav been a free man 2 day!! mayb oscar pistorius must ask him hw did he done that

  • Jan Ramoshaba - 2013-06-25 05:21

    He was exposed because he was greedy now he is off the books because he rectified his mistake bribery pave the way I like t

  • Vincent Malete - 2013-06-25 05:28

    The Price of justice under ANC

  • Richard N Lepota - 2013-06-25 05:36 a kaizer chiefs fan bt nt bobby's fan,dis boy needs to be tought a lesson."DAMN CORRUPT BOY 'SIES'.

  • Mmathebe Kgaphola - 2013-06-25 05:38

    If u hv money u cn't go 2 jail,i mean Bobby Motaung's case of froud

  • Jacob Digwamaje - 2013-06-25 06:14

    Well said...

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-25 06:17

    I got to believe the NPA is on the take

  • jaco.badenhorst.12 - 2013-06-25 06:25

    Glynnis Breytenbach would have sorted him out. Her case preparation would have been on the ball and he would have most likely been found guilty...

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-06-25 06:38

    Didn't expect anything else. Not surprised. It's only one of many. There is NO corruption in our government. Accept it and move on. Bananas anyone ?

  • Simo Mqadi - 2013-06-25 06:45

    very sad indeed that corrupt people, murders, thieves always find it easy. what's the use for acts like: equality, our constitution?

  • Mandla Dony - 2013-06-25 06:52

    i like da last paragraph.da court denies da claims n confirms dat dis guys wil appear in 4 charges of 920m n 4 da murder of dat whistle blower.

  • Bonakele Msimango - 2013-06-25 07:00

    Hon Justice Min kindly take note, the taxpayers n ordinary citizens r watching n tracking d sterling service being administered by d NPA

  • dirang.montsho - 2013-06-25 07:13

    rizing above all. Khosi for life!

  • Antonio Ricky Francisco - 2013-06-25 07:22


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  • Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-06-25 07:28

    U guys amazes me...Most of u are talking about if u are politically connected and having money u wont go to jail..and some of u a talking about a corrupted justice system which comes from the ruling party....but come the elections, u still gonna vote for this corrupt ANC...why making such noise about their corruptions when u still gonna vote for them?

  • Ubonile Seyani Chombo - 2013-06-25 07:32

    smell money pple it ll scratch ur back

  • Kwena Molekoa - 2013-06-25 07:39

    Spineless NPA done it again ! In 2006 I spend 4 months in jail ( Mamelodi West ) , bail denied , while they were trying to cook up chages against me . This useless people playing with our rights for their salary .

  • Deborah Shilenge - 2013-06-25 07:44

    He, hee!

  • Hilda Ngobeni - 2013-06-25 07:47

    Big surprise! We're seeing nothing new here! Corruption always wins in South Africa, as long u hav money u can get away with just about anything!