Hawks take decision to resuscitate Mbombela stadium case

The case was struck off the roll in 2016.


The Hawks plan to resuscitate fraud cases against Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung, according to reports.

The Sunday World reported over the weekend that the Hawks are considering reviving the case of fraud against him and his business partners, Herbert Theledi and Marius Grib.

Motaung was arrested on 15 August 2012 alongside the two after they allegedly submitted fake documents in their company Lefika’s bid to design the R1.5 billion Mbombela stadium.

Hawks take decision to resuscitate Mbombela stadium case

Sunday World reported a meeting was held at the offices of Hawks boss Brigadier Zama Basi in Tshwane on 20 June 2018 where the decision to resuscitate the case was taken.

Investigating officer Warrant Officer Mashudu Mashamba was one of those who attended the meeting, the national weekly tabloid reported.

Also Advocate Patrick Nkuna, the man who guided the police in their investigation and also led the prosecution, was part of the meeting in Basi’s office.

Two senior police sources told the paper that a decision to revive the cases was unanimously taken at that meeting.

“In that meeting Mashamba was ordered to assist to put the case together and to find out [whether] evidential material in the docket were still available. The evidential material included the witness statements and all the tender documents,” said the source.

The source said the witnesses statements and tender documents in the case against Motaung, Theledi and Grib were missing and destroyed, allegedly by corrupt cops.

“Most of the evidential material in the docket have been cut to shreds by corrupt cops who wanted to make sure the case does not see the light of day. But we have a back up,” the source said.

Motaung’s lawyer Zola Majavu said they are not aware the case is being resuscitated.

“My client is unaware of the decision and thus we are not in a position to comment,” he said.

He said should they be made aware of any decision to re-open the case they will definitely defend.

“For the record, our client respects the rule of law and not unsubstantiated gossip, especially if such decisions are communicated to the media before affected parties,” said Majavu.

Both Grib and Theledi said they are also unaware the case is being revived.

The three allegedly submitted a forged tax clearance certificate. The tax clearance submitted was “purported to have been issued by the South African Revenue Service to the Mbombela local municipality as part of the requirements to tender the municipality”, documents read.

Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said he will only comment once Basi has returned from leave as he was unreachable.

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Man in court for scamming Sars

The scam is alleged to have occurred during the time he did work for the Mpumalanga government.


The Hawks have nabbed a tenderpreneur in the Mpumalanga province, charging him with fraud.

The businessman is identified as Robert Ngomane and is accused of causing a loss of R500 000 to the revenue services.

Hawks spokeswoman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said Ngomane made a brief appearance at the Mbombela Magistrates Court a week ago and will return on 10 May 2018.

She said through his company – Vinoja Trading – the 49-year-old businessman allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices to Sars in order to evade tax payment.

The Hawks said this happened after Ngomane’s company received a contract worth R4m from the provincial health department.

“Sars then suffered a loss of R500 000 due to the submission of the fraudulent invoices,” Sekgotodi said.

This allegedly occurred between the year 2010 and 2013.

Ngomane was served with a notice to appear before court and his case was postponed to 10 May to allow cops time to do further investigation.

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Maria Ferreira up for conspiracy to murder husband

 

Hawks said she allegedly paid a police officer to gun her man down.


Maria Ferreira will return to the White River Magistrates Court next week Friday (31 Mar) for a further hearing of her bail application, according to

Maria Ferreira up for conspiracy to murder husband

Maria Ferreira. PICTURE BY Mpumalanga News

She allegedly wanted to pay R20 000 to a police officer to kill her man.

The woman was arrested on 19 March 2017 by Hawks and has been in jail since that time after her application to be released on bail on 27 March failed.

An amount of R500 was allegedly paid to the supposed hit-man for petrol and R20 000 was going to follow once her husband was dead.

The Hawks are also investigating whether an incident in which another man who was her husband before she married the current one was stabbed three times and killed by an unknown man in Bronkhorstspruit was not planned by her.

Hawks spokeswoman Captian Dineo Sekgotodi said: “The case of Bronkhorstspruit will also be investigated thoroughly to check if the murder was genuine or was also a hit”.

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Hawks nail 9 Sassa officials

 

The arrest was unannounced and the elite crime-busting unit was working with other Sassa officials in nailing the corrupt ones.


The arrests come after an investigation that started in 2012 by Hawks and the South Africa Social Security Agency in the Mpumalanga province.

Fourteen officials were targeted within the agency but Hawks managed to close the net on nine (9).

Hawks spokeswoman Dineo Sekgotodi said more arrests will be made, adding corrupt officials will be stopped by arrests and not only by dismissal.

The arrest took place in five Sassa offices – in Mbombela, Tonga, Kabokweni, Schoemansdal and Mjindi – on Thursday morning (23 Mar).

The agency told 013NEWS that the other arrested officials were already on suspension during the course of the 5-year investigation.

The officials are accused of receiving money for 260 healthy people which made the security agency run on a loss of more than R5.5m in the past years.

Sekgotodi said: “We will continue to investigate more Sassa officials and spread our operation as a way of sending a stern warning to other corrupt officials”.

The agency plans to recover the lost money through the pensions and attaching of the properties belonging to the accused officials, once tried and convicted in court.

“Today’s arrests was a start and there will be more to follow.

“We are investigating all corrupt officials, traffic officers beware,” said Sekgotodi.

“Even corrupt officials in municipalities,” Sekgotodi said.

A case of fraud and corruption has been opened with Tonga police and the suspects will appear before the Tonga Magistrate Court on Friday (24 Mar).

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