The Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) has launched an investigation into the construction of the controversial Lesseyton Sports Facility near Komani in the Eastern Cape under the jurisdiction of Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality.
The Hawks said the investigation comes after a complaint was lodged against the municipality following a R22-million tender that was awarded for building the stadium.
“The Hawks would like to ensure all and sundry that the matter is receiving the necessary attention. The probe is still in its infancy stages and as soon as all statements and necessary documents have been obtained and perused, the matter will be referred to the Director for Public Prosecutions for a decision to prosecute,” said Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Nomthandazo Mbambo.
The municipality launched the stadium on Monday, raising the public ire across South Africa because the facilities looked nothing like something that cost the R15-million price tag that was officially announced.
“The R15 million Lesseyton Sports field was officially opened today [Monday] with scores of jubilant community members in attendance. Soccer and rugby teams will now be able to use the facility to improve sport in the area,” said the municipality on its social media page.
It was later confirmed through official documents that the price tag ended up at R22-million.
The Daily Dispatch reported that the company that built the multi-million Rand Lesseyton sports facility was not the preferred bidder for the tender, having scored the lowest out of all the companies bidding for the contract. But the municipality chose it anyway.