ANC MP Bongani Bongo appears in court after arrest by Hawks

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The former state security minister was granted bail of R5,000 and is due back in court on January 31

Former state security minister and senior ANC MP Bongani Bongo was arrested by the Hawks on Thursday morning. The MP, who served as minister during the Zuma era, is facing 13 charges of corruption. was granted bail of R5,000 and is due back in court on January 31.

The ANC recently put him forward to chair the home affairs portfolio committee, despite facing numerous allegations of corruption and bribery. In 2018, he allegedly tried to bribe the evidence leader in the parliamentary inquiry into state capture of state-owned entities. In an affidavit submitted to then National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, evidence leader Ntuthuzelo Vanara stated that Bongo had attempted to bribe him with a “blank cheque” in a bid to derail the inquiry by the ethics subcommittee.

 

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