Controversial Hawks colonel Welcome Mhlongo in 2015 tried to squash the fraud, theft and soft-rigging case towards Kaizer Chiefs soccer supervisor Bobby Motaung linked to the R1.2bn Mbombela Stadium case.
This was revealed on the state take inquiry on Friday by the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority’s Terence Joubert.
The case relates to Motaung and his industry friends having allegedly falsified a tax certificate for the intention of the stadium, as neatly as faking a municipal council letter, among a spread of charges.
Joubert told the Zondo commission that a colleague had complained to him in 2015 about stress he was facing from Mhlongo to gain rid of the case towards Motaung.
“I purchased a call from advocate Molele a pair of save a question to that was made to him by Col Mhlongo,” acknowledged Joubert.
“He [Mhlongo] requested advocate Molele to either getting rid [of] or lend a hand Bobby Motaung for some stadium that he was inquisitive about and this did not take a seat neatly with advocate Molele who reported the topic to me.”
The case towards Motaung and his industry friends, Herbert Theledi and Marius Grib, has been a area of a lot controversy after it was struck off the roll in 2016 owing to “insufficient evidence” amid excessive-score Hawks officers that had been inquisitive in regards to the case being removed or redeployed.
Joubert acknowledged he gave his “fair real friend” (Mhlongo) a tongue-lashing for sticking his nostril in the Motaung case and he apologised.
However while silent in Joubert’s office, Mhlongo bought a phone call. This call was no longer about Motaung’s case nonetheless in regards to the then currently appointed NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana.
In accordance to Joubert, Mhlongo was talking to whoever was on the a spread of stop of the line a pair of shatter case towards Nxasana, his wife and advocate Nomgcobo Jiba.
When the resolution ended, Joubert requested Mhlongo what the conversation was about, to which he answered that he was investigating a shatter case towards Nxasana.
Mhlongo was also probing Nxasana over whether or no longer he had any moral briefs from the Aspect road Accident Fund (RAF), where his wife worked. In this regard, Mhlongo it looks to be requested Joubert to get him a contact particular person in the direction of the RAF.
The plot for this off-the-books investigation, Mhlongo allegedly told Joubert, was to gain filth on Nxasana so he’ll be removed as NDPP and for Jiba to change him.
“He [Mhlongo] mentioned there was supposed to be a shatter investigation that had to enact with Nxasana being a suspect.
“He also mentioned that Nxasana’s wife was working for RAF and was below the influence that Nxasana bought lots of work from RAF.
“He acknowledged Jiba is mainly the most easy particular person [for the NDPP position], that this man [Nxasana] with all these prison issues mustn’t were appointed. He told me Nxasana was no longer the real particular person for the job and that he’s trying to lend a hand Jiba gain her seat serve.”
Jiba was performing NDPP when Nxasana was appointed to the submit and she was demoted to her historical state as deputy.
Joubert’s evidence was adjourned to subsequent Thursday while Mhlongo is due to state his side of the story the following day.