- ANC MP Bongani Bongo is taking a leave of absence from his position in Parliament and the ANC NEC
- This comes as the embattled politician's upcoming corruption trial looms ever closer
- This call forms part of the outcome of the recent ANC NEC meeting with more information expected later on Monday
ANC MP Bongani Bongo will be taking a leave of absence while facing his corruption trial, according to a recent report. The Member of Parliament and ANC NEC member will be following eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede's lead and taking a break in order to face charges.
The ex-minister and current chair of Parliament's Committee on Home Affairs, Bongo is currently facing corruption charges after allegedly offering to bribe the evidence leader of a probe into Gupta influence at Eskom.
Vanara is adamant that Bongo had offered him a 'blank cheque' in exchange for calling off the investigation, reports TimesLIVE.
The politician has denied the allegation and even went as far as blaming the likes of Minister Pravin Gordhan, Baleka Mbete and even Jackson Mthembu of orchestrating a plot against him.
The former minister claimed this alleged plot had been revenge for his selection as a minister. Sources within the party claimed that the ANC had elected to force all members facing corruption charges to step aside from their positions.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had penned a letter to the ANC, pleading with the party to take action over corruption within its ranks.
This letter prompted a response from ex-president Jacob Zuma who had been unimpressed with the insinuation that the entire party had a hand in political graft. The letter had reportedly seen pressure placed on Ramaphosa to resign from office, but this motion seems to have been unsuccessful, reports IOL.
Ramaphosa later announced that he had elected to present himself to the ANC Integrity Committee in a bid to clear his name of any wrong-doing in relation to his CR17 presidential campaign.
The ANC is expected to host a media briefing on Monday afternoon to update the public on decisions undertaken during the weekend's meeting.
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