ANC Secretary-General to decide on Bongo

It will be up to the ANC's Secretary-General to determine the future of disgraced ANC MP, Bongani Bongo.

JOHANNESBURG - It will be up to the ANC's Secretary-General to determine the future of disgraced ANC MP, Bongani Bongo.

ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina says Bongo only informed her about his court appearance on Wednesday, but not the details.

She says she will be submitting a report to the ANC head office within three days.

Bongo appeared in the Cape Town magistrate's court on Thursday on a corruption charge.

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It relates to his alleged attempts to bribe the evidence leader of Parliament's Eskom inquiry two years ago.

In a statement, the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said Bongo had offered the lawyer "an unlawful gratification in the form of a monetary benefit, requesting him to decide on the exact amount required, to stop the enquiry from proceeding". 

But the lawyer, Nthutuzela Vanara, turned down the offer and reported the case to the police.

Anti-graft watchdog Corruption Watch welcomed the arrest, saying it points to the commitment of Ramaphosa's administration to tackle graft.

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"The fact that a high-profile political figure like Bongo has been arrested is very encouraging," Corruption Watch executive David Lewis told AFP. 

"There is determination on the part of the law enforcement basically to start enforcing the law," he said.

Bongo, who currently chairs the home affairs committee in Parliament, was released on bail of R5,000.

He was ordered to return to court on 31 January.

- Additional reporting AFP

It will be up to the ANC's Secretary-General to determine the future of disgraced ANC MP, Bongani Bongo.

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