ANC slated over silence on Motaung arrest

2012-09-06 16:43
Sizwe sama Yende
The ANC Youth League in Mpumalanga has lashed out at its mother body for being silent about the arrests in the Mbombela stadium tender corruption case three weeks ago.

The Hawks arrested Kaizer Chiefs’ manager, Bobby Motaung, his partner at Lefika Emerging Equity, Herbert Theledi, and the company’s former chief executive officer Chris Grip on fraud charges relating to the R1.2 billion stadium tender.

They were all released on bail by the Nelspruit magistrates’ court.

Acting Youth League provincial secretary Clarence Maseko said today that the ANC’s silence was “baffling if not deafening”.

“The ANC chooses to remain silent in an arrest that clearly implicates those that may have had a hand in the killing of one of their own deployees in the Mbombela council, a killing the people of the province are still reeling in shock over,” Maseko said.

Mpumalanga ANC spokesperson Siphosezwe Masango and secretary Lucky Ndinisa were unavailable to comment.

Masango said he was busy in a meeting while Ndinisa's phone rang unanswered.

The three men were arrested allegedly for using an invalid tax clearance certificate when applying to be designers and project managers of the stadium, and for using a fraudulent letter from Mbombela municipality in order to get a bank overdraft.

It is, however, believed that former Mbombela council speaker, Jimmy Mohlala, could have been assassinated in January 2009 because he was blowing the whistle on tender corruption and was intending to lay criminal charges.

Prosecutor Advocate Patrick Nkuna refused to release the names of state witnesses in court owing to the political assassinations that have been taking place in the province.

Despite Kaizer Chiefs having insisted that Motaung’s arrest was a personal matter, Maseko said the club’s chairperson, Kaizer Motaung, should relieve his son of club duties.

“The team, Mr Motaung Sr will obviously know, draws its many loyal supporters from the Youth League,” Maseko said.

Maseko also said the party’s (ANC’s) internal democracy was deteriorating democracy while dictatorship prevailed in its leadership.

“(This) is a serious cause for concern, all in the illusion of defending the gains of Polokwane and subsequently Mangaung, (that) is slowly eroding the liberation movement,” he said.