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Former minister arrested on corruption charge

Bongo is accused of interfering with an Eskom corruption inquiry.

A senior lawmaker for South Africa‘s governing African National Congress party was arrested on Thursday on a corruption charge and released on bail after a court appearance, police said.

Bongani Bongo, a former state security minister under former president Jacob Zuma, is accused of interfering with an inquiry into corruption at state power utility Eskom, police spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi told Reuters.

Bongo allegedly asked the inquiry’s evidence leader to go on sick leave in 2017 to frustrate its progress and offered “an open cheque bribe”, Mulaudzi said.

Bongo, who was not immediately available for comment, chairs parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs.

The ANC chief whip’s office said in a statement that it would not comment in detail because it wanted to allow the law to take its course.

Bongo appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court and was released on bail of 5,000 rand ($338.70). He is due back in court on Jan. 31.

As part of Bongo’s bail conditions he must not travel abroad without informing investigators and must not interfere with witnesses, police and the ANC statement said.

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Well done ANC – we need more draining of the swamp like this…. good to see that the new broom is sweeping clean albeit slower than we had hoped!

Judging by the bail amount he must be accused of a petty crime.

No. All crimes committed by the FDI are petty while all crimes by the other groups are very serious. Anything the whites do or say about race is very serious and leads to immediate arrest ,a R300 000 fine and jail while FDI blatantly steal Rbillions (VBS) and nothing happens. It is called equality and some are more equal than others. Complicated but this is Africa after all.

It’s called racism…call it what it is!

Here we go again:

2.1.1 Magistrate’s Court
2.1.2 High Court
2.1.3 Supreme Court of Appeal
2.1.4 Constitutional Court

Finally, It wasn’t me, I’m a victim of white colonial capitalists and the EFF demands his release.

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