'Bongani Bongo has covered himself in glory as a true henchman of the President'

State Security Minister Bongani Bongo is being accused of trying to bribe evidence leader in the state capture inquiry into Eskom, Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara.

The Sunday Times claims that Vanara submitted an affidavit to Parliament stating that Bongo has offered him an open cheque to resign as evidence leader.

The state capture inquiry has over recent weeks revealed how far Gupta family's tentacles extend at the power utility.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has said it would lay corruption charges against Bongo in terms of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act.

Advocate Paul Hoffman, director of Accountability Now says he wishes Bongo would have looked at Section 96 of the Constitution before taking his oath of office.

If he had, he would have seen that that section of the Constitution obliges him not to act in any way that is inconsistent with his new office - that he is not allowed to use his position to influence or benefit the course of state affairs.

Advocate Paul Hoffman, Director at Accountability Now           

Assuming that Advocate Vanara is telling the truth, Minister Bongo has made himself guilty of criminal conduct.

Advocate Paul Hoffman, Director at Accountability Now 

Hoffman explains that offering a bribe is a contravention of the Corrupt Practices Act and certainly violates the ethics legislation that is applicable to cabinet ministers.

He's only been in the Cabinet for five minutes but he has already covered himself in glory as a true henchman of the President.

Advocate Paul Hoffman, Director at Accountability Now

Hoffman adds that the minister is already under investigation by the Hawks for taking a kickback of R300 000 and according to the Sunday Times, a R 1.5 million kickback was paid by his friends in Mpumalanga to his wife's bank account to build them a home.

Take a listen to Paul Hoffman unpack Minister Bongani Bongo's accusations:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Bongani Bongo has covered himself in glory as a true henchman of the President'


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