Forensic expert set to revive R1.2bn Mbombela Stadium fraud case

Forensic expert set to revive R1.2bn Mbombela Stadium fraud case

A forensic expert appears set to revive the probe into tender corruption worth R1.2 billion at the Mpumalanga Stadium. The case has been on ice for nearly six years after having been struck off the roll in 2013.

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Johan Erasmus, a forensic expert, is ready to breathe new life into the investigation into tender corruption involving the Mbombela Stadium.

Erasmus had been hired to probe into the corruption allegations by Ngobe-Nkosi Attorneys because most firms had been unwilling to get involved.

However, the expert has now gathered all the missing documents in a docket that had gone missing and submitted it to both the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority and is ready to testify.

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The case regarding the stadium, built in anticipation of the 2010 World Cup, had seen the arrest of six suspects, including former City of Mbombela manager, Jacob Dladla, and Bobby Motaung, the Kaizer Chiefs club manager.

This was six years ago and the case had been struck from the roll at the regional court in Nelspruit in 2013.

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According to News24, the case had stalled in part due to to missing docket pages and in part over a disagreement between two NPA managers over whether or not to transfer the case to Gauteng.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, Hawks spokesperson, has confirmed that the case is still open. Time will tell if this matter can finally come to a close and whether those responsible will be prosecuted.

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