Hawks swoop on former State Security Minister


Member of Parliament MP and former Minister of State Security Bongani Bongo appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charge of corruption.

Bongo,a serving African National Congress (ANC) MP, was arrested on Thursday by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team.

He is accused of interfering in Parliament’s investigation into State Capture at some State-Owned Enterprises. He is believed to have bribed an evidence leader.

“It is alleged that on 10 October 2017 – during proceedings of a Commission of Inquiry into irregularities in the affairs of the power utility, Eskom – Bongo, Minister of State Security at the time, allegedly approached an advocate in the commission who was an evidence leader to take sick leave on the day of the commencement of the commission with a view to derail proceedings.

“The advocate was offered an open cheque bribe and alerted his seniors, which culminated in the Hawks’ investigation,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told SAnews.

The case was postponed for legal representation.

“He was released on R5 000 bail with stringent conditions, including refraining from interfering with witnesses and two weeks notice to the investigating officer for overseas trips,” said Mulaudzi.

Bongo is due in court again on 31 January 2020.