BOBBY “Bobsteak” Motaung’s reputation almost went up in smoke! This after reports that a 2016 fraud case against him was being reopened . . .
But when the Kaizer Chiefs boss checked if the case was really back to burn him, he discovered that he was off the hook! And was actually the unfortunate victim of three men who allegedly wanted to swindle him.
The three men are said to have claimed to be members of the Hawks, who could allegedly help him make his case go away. Upon finding out that he had been the target of alleged fraudsters, Motaung opened a case of extortion. And the cops were quick to pounce on the alleged imposters, who appeared in the Wynberg Regional Court in Alexandra on Friday.
Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed three suspects were arrested in Midrand following investigations.
“An investigation was launched into the allegations and it emerged immediately that there was no such a major general within the Hawks. On Wednesday afternoon, the three suspects were lured into a police trap and were immediately arrested. Various items were seized pending further investigations,” he said.
The three allegedly contacted Motaung, claiming that they were from the Hawks offices and informed him that his fraud case was back on the court roll. They allegedly asked him to pay them an amount of R600,000, so that they can make it disappear.
Zola Majavu, Motaung’s lawyer, said he was aware of the matter. According to Majavu, Motaung received numerous calls from the people who wanted to meet with him, claiming he was going be arrested.
“I told him if those charges were going back to the court roll, I would have been contacted, either by the Hawks or the NPA,” he said.
He added that Motaung told him the men claiming to be high-ranking police officials refused to meet him on condition that he brings his lawyer with.
“It was clear to me this was extortion, as no legitimate people will refuse anyone to bring a lawyer to a meeting,” he said.
On Friday, Motaung said: “The Mbombela case was closed in 2016. Those reports were fake news. My reputation is at stake and from now on, I’m going to deal with anyone who tries to damage it. Fake stories are becoming fashionable and I don’t want my name to be dragged through the mud.”