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.

(edited by ZK)

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Miss Mpumalanga 2017: As it happened

With live entertainment, it was a buzzing evening and for the newly crowned Miss Mpumalanga, Geraldine Williams, it was a night she will never forget.

Geraldine was amongst the 12 beautiful hopefuls who competed for the chance to be the Miss Mpumalanga 2017 at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday evening.

The audience was treated to an entertaining and nerve wrecking evening as the number of contestants dwindled down before the two runner- ups – Lindokuhle and Lethokuhle – and finally when this year’s Miss Mpumalanga was announced.

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After a rough round of questions from the judges that ranged from women empowerment, education and youth development, 21 year-old Geraldine Williams from Volksrust walked away with the coveted title.

Nineteen year-old Lethokuhle from Clau Clau was crowned as the first princess while 21 year-old Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi from KaNyamazane was crowned the second princess.

There were also two awards for Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality.

Miss Photogenic went to Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi from KaNyamazane while Miss Personality went to 19 year-old Lungile Mlangeni from Elukwatini.

The 12 finalists were all oozing with glitz and glamour during the crowning ceremony.

The show was opened by different fashion designers who showcased their clothes.

The finalists paraded in swimwear, evening wear, and casual wear.

Mafikizolo took the crowd down memory lane with their old hits while Swaziland music sensation, Sands performed one of his hit tracks, Tigi.

Miss Mpumalanga 2017: As it happened

Afro-Pop sensation Mafikizolo. MfisoDIGITAL/BM.

Even though some of the twelve finalists didn’t make it to the top 5, they walked away with R20,000 cash prize, driver’s license vouchers, tablets and many more, while Miss Mpumalanga won an educational bursary, shopping vouchers, holiday vouchers, brand new car, R120 000 cash prize and many more.

The event was graced by the current Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, Mpumalanga MEC for economic development, Eric Kholwane, and the CEOs of Mpumalanga Gambling Board and MEGA.

(edited by BM)

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