Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will, in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, lay criminal charges against the newly appointed State Security Minister Bongani Bongo.
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said the latest allegations of corruption against Bongo suggested he tried to actively collapse the state capture inquiry by offering Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara a bribe to resign as evidence leader probing claims of state capture at Eskom.
Steenhuisen said DA would also lodge a formal complaint with the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate Bongo’s alleged violation of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act.
“Despite the fact that Minister Bongo has only recently been appointed following President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle on October 17, it has already emerged that he is currently under active investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) for his alleged involvement in fraud and corruption while he served as the head of legal services in the Department of Human Settlements of Mpumalanga in 2012,” said Steenhuisen.
He said the latest raft of allegations further demonstrate a deeply concerning trend for Minister Bongo and the beleaguered State Security Agency (SSA).
Steehuisen said the DA has already undertaken to submit parliamentary questions to ascertain if Bongo was properly vetted by the SSA prior to being appointed.
“If proved to be true, these allegations serve as basis for criminal charges to be pursued and they further amount to a gross violation of the provisions of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act and the associated Executive Ethics Code which, amongst others, prohibits Ministers from using their position to enrich themselves or improperly benefit any other person and requires that ministers fulfill all obligations imposed upon them by the constitution and law,” added Steenhuisen.