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A third man charged for the multi-million rand Mbombela stadium tender fraud has pleaded poverty, telling the court yesterday that he would not be able to raise the R50 000 bail money paid by Bobby Motaung and Herbert Theledi.
Chris Grib was alone in the dock as he appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s court on fraud and forgery charges.
While Motaung and Theledi had narrated their wealth in the form of various directorships and properties they owned in the leafy suburbs, Gribs pleaded poverty, saying he could only afford to pay R10 000, not the R50 000 suggested by the state.
The three men are accused of submitting a fraudulent tax clearance certificate in relation to the Mbombela stadium tender and for taking a payment invoice with fake details of the Mbombela municipality in a bid to acquire an overdraft from a bank.
Motaung, manager at his father’s soccer club Kaizer Chiefs, said he would plead not guilty when the R143 million fraud trial resumes in October 15.
All three men are expected to return to court then.