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SACP: Corrupt Bobby must rot in jail

SACP says those who got rich via the construction of Mbombela Stadium must rot in jail.

Kaizer Chiefs general manager Bobby Motaung. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Those who enriched themselves through corrupt means during the construction of the Mbombela World Cup stadium must rot in jail, the Mpumalanga South African Communist Party (SACP) said on Monday.

Kaizer Chiefs general manager Bobby Motaung and his business partners Herbert Theledi and Chris Gribb are facing charges of fraud and corruption, related to tender irregularities surrounding a R1.2 billion consulting contract to build the stadium.

They were arrested in August and are out bail.

On Monday, former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla was also charged in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court and released on R15,000 bail.

He was arrested on Sunday.

It is alleged the group submitted fraudulent documents to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), which misrepresented their company Lefika Emerging Equity's achievements - giving them a better chance of winning the consulting tender.

Local SACP leader Jackson Siboza said the people living in Mbombela were suffering under poor service delivery, while some bigwigs "got away with murder".

He says the accused should "rot in jail" if they are found guilty.

Protesters outside the courthouse carried posters labelling the four accused as murderers.

The state has previously said it believes the tender irregularities around the building of the stadium can be linked to a series of political murders in the province.

This includes the murder of former municipal speaker Jimmy Mohlala, who was killed in 2009, a week before he was due to testify against Dladla about his alleged corrupt activities.

All four are due to appear in court again on 29 October.