Let the law take its course, ANC says after arrest of MP Bongani Bongo

21 November 2019 - 12:48 By Naledi Shange
Bongani Bongo had a meteoric rise from ordinary MP to state security minister under former president Jacob Zuma. Now Bongo has been charged on 13 counts of corruption.
Bongani Bongo had a meteoric rise from ordinary MP to state security minister under former president Jacob Zuma. Now Bongo has been charged on 13 counts of corruption.
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The ANC on Thursday said it had noted the arrest of former state security minister and  MP Bongani Bongo and said the law must take its course.

The office of chief whip Pemmy Majodina said in a statement: “We are aware that the MP was arrested by the Hawks on allegations of corruption.

“We also note that as part of his bail conditions, Cde Bongo may not interfere with witnesses and cannot travel abroad without informing the investigating officer.

“As the ANC, we will not comment on the allegations levelled against Cde Bongo as we want to allow the law to take its course,” it said.

Bongo appeared in the Cape Town magistrate's court after his arrest on Thursday. The Hawks said he faced 13 charges of corruption. He was released on R5,000 bail and the case was postponed to January 31.

Bongo's arrest follows allegations that he offered the evidence leader of parliament’s state capture inquiry, advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara, a bribe. 

In 2017, Sunday Times reported that the bribe was allegedly in exchange for scuppering a probe into mismanagement and corruption at Eskom.

The DA said it was “pleased to see the wheels of justice turning”.

“The DA welcomes this action by the Hawks as we have always maintained that Bongo had a case to answer for,” said the party's chief whip, Natasha Mazzone.

“In fact, on 22 November 2017, the DA interim leader, John Steenhuisen, laid criminal charges against Bongo in terms of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act ... We have always held the view that the then minister’s actions were a gross violation of the law and his oath as a member of the executive,” she added.


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