Tender fraud arrest is phase one - Hawks

Authorities confirmed that the three men arrested are directors of Lefika Emerging Equity.

Bobby Motaung. Picture: kaizerchiefs.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks said on Thursday, the arrest of three people for tender fraud was just one phase of an investigation into corruption in the construction of the Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga.

The construction of the 2010 stadium was marred by controversy since Mbombela Municipality speaker Jimmy Mohlala was shot dead after he blew the whistle on corruption related to the tender process.

Two people were arrested in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The Hawks confirmed that a third person linked to the tender fraud later handed himself over to authorities in Nelspruit.

Authorities have confirmed that the three men are indeed directors of Lefika Emerging Equity.

While the Hawks will not confirm, it is widely believed that one of the men taken into custody is Kaizer Chiefs Manager, Bobby Motaung.

McIntosh Polela only confirmed the charges, "This is a separate investigation to deal with fraud bribery and theft.

"In fact it is the conclusion of a first phase of an investigation we are doing in the Mpumalanga province."

The three are scheduled to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate's court on Thursday morning.

The Kaizer Chiefs Football Club said it had still not received formal confirmation of Motaung's arrest.

Meanwhile, Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe emphasized government will never give up its war on corruption.

While addressing the national assembly on Wednesday, he emphasised the state and law enforcement agencies will continue combating corruption.

He told Members of Parliament they can't afford to give up.

"Government has got to continuously tighten up its methods, particularly with regards to the tendering system."