Bongo expected back in court fighting corruption charges

Lungani Zungu

Former state security minister Bongani Bongo is back at the Western Cape High Court today.

It is alleged that Bongo, now ANC MP, tried to bribe Ntuthuzelo Vanara, who was at the time the parliamentary head of legal affairs, for him to stop the Eskom inquiry in 2017.

On Monday Vanara told Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe how Bongo pestered him, asking him to name his price to drop the inquiry. 

Vanara, who’s now the legal head at the SABC said Bongo also allegedly asked him to fake an illness during the parliamentary Eskom inquiry which would have inevitably delayed the inquiry. 

Vanara alleged that Bongo was acting on behalf of the former acting Eskom board chairperson Zethembe Khoza.

Bongo, who was expected to testify today, has repeatedly denied all the allegations against him.

Bongo was among the ANC MPs who are facing the chop as the ruling party forges ahead with the step aside policy. The policy targets office bearers who are facing charges for them to step aside until cleared.  

The case continues. 

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