Ex-minister must step down ahead of corruption trial: ANC committee

Ex-minister must step down ahead of corruption trial: ANC committee

- The ANC's integrity commission has recommended Bongani Bongo step down amid corruption accusations

- The former minister is accused of attempting to disrupt a probe into state capture at Eskom

- The ruling party reportedly taking a zero-tolerance approach with Bongo, who is currently out on bail

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The ANC's integrity commission wants Bongani Bongo to set aside his political activities and duties amid corruption allegations.

News24 reports that commission chairperson George Mashamba has confirmed the adverse recommendation against the former minister.

The national executive committee has been asked to instruct the implicated politician to clear his name in a reported attempt to restore confidence in the ruling party's position on corruption.

Briefly.co.za reported that Bongo had been arrested and subsequently released on bail over allegations he had interfered in an Eskom probe.

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Amid concerns that the MP would attempt to cause divisions in the ANC, the committee asked that Bongo should be cautioned against inciting trouble.

The embattled politician is accused of attempting to bribe an inquiry evidence leader, reportedly asking the advocate to disrupt the investigation by calling in sick.

The Democratic Alliance had laid charges against the current parliamentary committee chair, with a Hawks investigation leading to his arrest.

Secretary-general Ace Magashule's arrest was imminent as far as Bongo is concerned, with the ex-minister crying political sabotage.

The matter is set to be heard in a Cape Town court at the beginning of next year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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