The Hawks said they are investigating the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality after a complaint was lodged over a R22 million tender awarded to build the controversial stadium.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (The Hawks) announced on Friday, 8 October, that it is investigating the construction of the controversial ‘stadium’ constructed in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape.
“The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has launched a probe surrounding the construction of the Lesseyton sports facility near Komani in the Eastern Cape under the jurisdiction of Enoch Mgijima Municipality,” said Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Nomthandazo Mbambo.
Mbambo said the probe comes after a complaint was lodged against the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality following a R22 million tender that was awarded to a company to build the stadium.
The Hawks wanted to assure the public that the matter was receiving the necessary attention. The spokesperson added that the investigation has only just begun, however, once the required documents and statements have been obtained and examined the matter may be referred to the state for prosecution.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Eastern Cape announced that it had opened a case of corruption in Komani against the leaders of Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality on Wednesday, 6 October.
“The unveiled stadium is a basic facility without anything that justifies the R22 million which the municipality spent on its construction. There are glaring signs of money laundering and corruption in the entire project, and we have entrusted the criminal justice system to investigate and unearth the truth,” said the EFF.
The Daily Dispatch reported that the company that built the multi-million rand Lesseyton sports facility was not the preferred bidder for the tender. In fact, Thalami Civils, scored the lowest out of all the companies vying for the contract.