Public Protector: We have no record of 2017 complaint against Bongo

Public Protector: We have no record of 2017 complaint against Bongo

- John Steenhuisen says he filed a complaint with the Public Protector in 2017 regarding former minister Bongani Bongo

- Now, however, the Public Protector's office says they cannot find the complaint

- The complaint relates to a bribery allegation against Bongo

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DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen claims that he laid a complaint in 2017 against former Minister of State Security, Bongani Bongo.

However, Steenhuisen says that the Public Protector's office claims they can find no such complaint.

The complaint related to an allegation that Bongo offered Ntuthuzelo Vanara, an advocate involved in the state capture inquiry, a blank check to resign.

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It is believed that Bongo wanted Vanara to resign as a means of interfering in the inquiry.

Steenhuisen maintains that he filed a complaint against Bongo with regard to these allegations. However, a spokesperson for the Public Protector said that "we do not seem to have a complaint against him", according to News24. 

What makes this story notable is that Bongo and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane have a relationship that goes back several years. Bongo is a long-time supporter of Mkhwebane.

For instance, he supported Mkhwebane's recommendation to amend the Constitution to allow changes to the Reserve Bank's mandate. Reportedly, Bongo was also not a fan Mkhwebane's predecessor, Thuli Madonsela.

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It appears that Steenhuisen's complaint against Bongo came to nothing. This bears similarities to Mkhwebane's treatment of the report concerning the Guptas' controversial 2013 landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base.

Mkhwebane has still not released the report, has gathered.

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