Former South Africa Security Minister arrested for graft 


South Africasenior lawmaker and ex-state security minister Bongani Bongo have been arrested for corruption. 

Thursday’s arrest is the first such high-profile arrest in recent years. 

Bongo, a close ally of former president Jacob Zuma, is accused of offering bribe to a lawyer who was building the state’s case in a 2017 parliamentary enquiry into the troubled state-owned power utility Eskom. 

“The charges are that he offered money to (an) advocate… which (the prosecutor) refused, that is the charge of corruption that we have against him now,” prosecutions spokesman Eric Ntabazalila told state broadcaster SABC in Cape Town. 

Bongo after appearing before a magistrate court was released on bail of 5,000 rand and was ordered to return on January 31 to continue the case. 

His appointment as state security minister came just two weeks after he allegedly offered lawyer Nthutuzela Vanara bribe during a parliamentary inquiry into Eskom.  

He was later removed in a cabinet reshuffle after staying four months in office. 

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