Dladla ‘can only afford R10 000 bail’
Former Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla can only afford bail of R10 000, according to his legal representative, Advocate William Mkhari.
Dladla appeared in the Nelspruit regional court earlier today on charges of fraud, theft and the alleged contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act, which emanate from alleged irregularities in the R1.2-billion Mbombela World Cup stadium tender.
Prosecutor Advocate Patrick Nkuna argued that the bail amount was too small. The case was postponed to 2pm for arguments on the matter.
Dladla handed himself over to the police yesterday afternoon after the Hawks had obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Earlier today, Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung, his partner at Lefika Emerging Equity (Pty) Ltd, Herbert Theledi, and former Lefika chief executive office, Chris Grip, appeared in the same court for the second time on charges of fraud allegedly amounting to R143 million in the stadium tender.
The trio’s case was postponed to October 29 because Nkuna wanted to give the details of Dladla’s case to his seniors at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for a decision on whether the matters could be joined.
Magistrate Naomi Engelbrecht ordered Nkuna to give feedback to the trio’s legal representatives as to whether Dladla’s case would be joined with theirs and also to hand over the docket.
Motaung and Theledi are out on R50 000 bail each, while Grips was granted bail of R20 000.
Motaung, Theledi and Grip were arrested in August, for allegedly:
» Using a false tax certificate when they bid for the tender to design the Mbombela stadium;
» Forging a Mbombela council letter with the fake signature of former Mbombela municipal manager Sgananda Siboza to get a R1-million overdraft from a bank; and
» Alleged theft of R143 million.
The construction of the stadium was fraught with allegations of fraud and corruption and apparently led to the assassination of former Mbombela council speaker Jimmy Mohlala.
Mohlala was gunned down at his house in KaNyamazane Township in January 2009.
He was hailed as the whistleblower on the matter and was about to lay criminal charges and testify against Dladla in a disciplinary hearing when he was killed.
A group of protesters outside the court, most of whom wore SACP shirts, carried placards demanding that all those charged should also answer for Mohlala’s assassination.