Case taking its toll on Bobby Motaung

THREATS: Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung arrives at the Nelspruit Regional Court yesterday.PHOTO: SIBONGILE MASHABA
THREATS: Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung arrives at the Nelspruit Regional Court yesterday.PHOTO: SIBONGILE MASHABA

THE murder of former Mbombela municipal speaker Jimmy Mohlala has put Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung's life "in danger".

Motaung's lawyer, Zola Majavu, said outside the Nelspruit Regional Court yesterday that the fraud and forgery case was taking its toll on his client.

"His life is in danger. Someone irresponsible gave the impression that Motaung is being charged with the murder of Mr Mohlala ." Majavu said.

Mohlala was gunned down outside his home in January 2007 after he blew the whistle on the R1.2-billion Mbombela Stadium tender fraud. His murder is believed to have been linked to the fraud.

Motaung, 42, and business partners Herbert Theledi, 48, and Chris Gribb are accused of forging Sars documents when they bid for the tender to build the stadium for the 2010 World Cup.

The trio and their company Lefika Emerging Equity are accused of fraud, theft of R143-million and forgery. The company is being represented by Theledi.

State prosecutor Patrick Nkuna said on August 16 during the trio's first appearance: "The forged Sars documents led to the time when murders in Nelspruit started." He has not withdrawn his statement despite objections from the defence.

Motaung and Theledi were nearly attacked by protesters at their last appearance on October 15.

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