Lawyer: Motaung’s life being threatened

Bobby Motaung has apparently received death threats since fraud charges were brought against him.

Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung. Picture: Supplied

NELSPRUIT - Lawyers for Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung on Monday said their client had been receiving death threats since fraud charges were brought against him and his business partners.

Motaung, Herbert Theledi and Chris Grib are accused of forging documents in an effort to win a tender for designing the multimillion rand Mbombela Stadium for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

The trio was arrested in August and released on R50,000 bail each.

Their case on Monday postponed to March in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court.

Motaung appeared cheerful as he made jokes before court proceedings began, but his lawyer, Zola Majavu, said the case was taking its toll on him.

"He is morally devastated. It is not nice to walk into a courtroom and people hurl all manner of insults at you."

Majavu said Motaung feared for his life, and said he was constantly surrounded by bodyguards.

"He is not taking this very well."

The soccer boss and his business partners allegedly submitted documents misrepresenting their company, Lefika Emerging Equity, in a good position to secure a tender.

It is also alleged the group submitted fraudulent South African Revenue Service documents for their consulting contract.

The Nelspruit stadium, which forced the relocation of two schools and caused violent protests in neighbouring areas, hosted just four World Cup matches