He was arrested at Naturena, Chiefs home base camp. Neither the Hawks nor Kaizer Chiefs are commenting on the matter.
Kaizer Chiefs spokesperson Vina Maphosa said that the club was unable to comment on the matter at this point. “We were not officially made aware of Bobby’s arrest by authorities or anybody delegated to do so,” he said.
Maphosa said if it emerges that the arrests are linked to Kaizer Chiefs, the club would release a further statement. It was alleged that Lefika had obtained a tax clearance certificate with the help of an inside man within Sars.
The certificate cleared Lefika to bid for 2010 tenders in 2009. Jimmy Mohlala, speaker for the municipal assembly, was murdered outside his home by masked gunmen after threatening to name people involved in corruption concerning the stadium within the Mbombela municipality.
Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela confirmed that two people have been arrested, one in Naturena where Kaizer Chiefs is based and another in Cape Town. A third person is being sought.
Polela said that although news outlets are speculating on the identity of the men, he declined provide their names as they have yet to be charged. The men are being transported to Nelspruit, where they will appear in court tomorrow.
Polela confirmed that the arrest concerned Lefika Emerging Equity’s submission of a forged Sars document in a tender application. “This has to do with allegations of fraud, forgery and theft to do with the building of the Mbombela Stadium,” said Polela, who added that the arrests are part of a wider investigation in which other companies and individuals have been implicated.
Lefika is co-owned by Motaung and businessman Herbert Theledi. The company has been implicated in a series of corruption allegations concerning the building of the R1-billion Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit since 2008.