Big new kickback charges for security minister
More damning allegations of corruption have been levelled against State Security Minister Bongani Bongo.
A forensic audit commissioned by a Special Investigating Unit team claims Bongo received R1.5-million to build a home in Nelspruit from the conveyancers in a R37.5-million land deal funded by Mpumalanga's human settlements department in 2011.
Bongo, appointed to the cabinet in President Jacob Zuma's reshuffle last month, was the provincial department's head of legal services at the time.
Last week the Sunday Times reported that the Hawks were investigating Bongo for buying a BMWX5 with the help of a R300,000 payment made by the same conveyancer, Singwane and Partners, on behalf of a company called Little River Trading.
This week it emerged that the company also paid R300,000 towards another vehicle used by Bongo, an Audi RS5, on April 15 2011 - just one month before the BMW transaction.
The audit report alleges that Bongo:
lReceived R1.5-million cash on May 13 2011, deposited by Singwane and Partners into the bank account of Nkgalema Properties, a company solely owned by his wife, Sandile Nkosi, and that the money was used to build a house in Nelspruit;
Received R300,000 cash on December 3 2011, deposited into the bank account of Nkgalema Properties;
Received R200,000 paid into the bank account of Peter Rosner, who was the builder of the Nelspruit house. Rosner died during a Hawks investigation into the matter;
Drove around in the Audi RS5, which was registered in the name of his younger brother, Joel Bongo, as the BMW had been; and
Committed fraud by claiming over R20,000 in travel allowances, using the particulars of an old car he had sold...