ANC MP Bongani Bongo released on bail

Former State Security Minister, Bongani Bongo has appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's court and released on R5000 bail. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - ANC MP Bongani Bongo has been released on R5,000 bail in the Cape Town magistrates court.

The Hawks arrested the former State Security minister in Cape Town on Thursday morning.

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Bongo, who is the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, is facing bribery charges.

He is expected to return to court on 31 January 2020.

In a separate matter, the Hawks arrested about 10 other people across several provinces for corruption.

The suspects aged between 34 and 60 were arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning after simultaneous intelligence-driven raids that took place in Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

"The operation follows a complaint by the National Treasury after it transpired that the suspects allegedly colluded in accessing the Amathole District Municipality funds through flaunting of procurement processes afterwards they were awarded a contract for ventilated improved toilets in the Eastern Cape," the Hawks said in a statement.

"The Hawks’ preliminary investigation discovered that over R600-million was to be awarded for the contract, of which R286 million has already be paid to the suspects."

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The Hawks say Asset Forfeiture processes are underway.

Hawks head Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata welcomed the arrests.

“This development is most welcome in our greater fight against corruption to ensure to ensure that clean and credible governance prevails," Matakata said.

All 10 suspects will appear in the East London Magistrate’s court on Friday.

They face charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

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eNCA