'Bobby, who killed Jimmy?'
Placards held by more than 100 protesters outside the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court, where Kaizer Chiefs football club manager Bobby Motaung and a co-accused appeared on charges of tender fraud yesterday, read: "Bobby, who killed Jimmy?"
The protesters said they hoped their question would be answered by the court case.
Inside the court, Motaung, 42, and his business partner, Herbert Theledi, 48, applied for and were granted bail of R50000 each.
Reading the charges against them, prosecutor Patrick Nkuna said forged SA Revenue Service documents - which had led to the pair's arrest - might be linked to the time "the killings in Nelspruit started".
Theledi's lawyer, Kenny Oldwage, was quick to object to the statement.
"I would like to caution him [Nkuna] . this is a danger zone. It is sensationalism of the worst kind . I will ask that we should deal with the matter at hand," Oldwage said.
Nkuna replied: "We will state in the trial that these [forged] documents are the source of the murders."
Jimmy Mohlala, the former speaker of Mbombela local municipal council, was shot dead outside his home in Nelspruit in January 2009, several months after he had blown the whistle on the R1.2-billion Mbombela stadium fraud.
Motaung and Theledi, who are directors of Lefika Emerging Equity, face charges of forgery and fraud relating to the building of the stadium in Mpumalanga.
Their co-accused, Chris Grib, who handed himself over to the police in Cape Town this week, is expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court today.
The state alleges that the trio and their company forged documents, which they presented to the Mbombela municipality when they made their bid for the tender to build the stadium in 2006.
Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela said the unit was investigating Mohlala's murder.
In an affidavit read by Oldwage, Theledi said he was a divorcee and had nine children aged between 11 months and 24 years.
He paid maintenance of about R50000 a month for the support of his children.
Theledi said he had assets worth about R70-million. These included houses, cars and jewellery. His monthly income is R150000.
Motaung, in his affidavit, read by his legal representative, Nomthandazo Mtsweni, said his assets were worth R12-million, including cars worth R4-million. His monthly income is R100000.
He said he also had other sources of income.
The two pleaded with the court not to confiscate their passports because they were frequent flyers in pursuit of business deals.
Magistrate Naomi Engelbrecht ordered that the two inform the police when they wanted to travel.
The case has been postponed to October 15.