- Bongani Bongo has been released on bail after being charged with corruption in Mpumalanga
- The charges are in relation to nearly R124 million in dubious land deals carried out in the province
- This comes shortly after the former minister was arrested late on Tuesday afternoon
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Former minister Bongani Bongo has been formally charged with corruption after appearing in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
Bongo is now facing three charges of corruption with the state warning that a fourth charge may well be added at a later stage.
Both Bongo and his brother are facing Schedule 1 offences with bail has been set at R10 000 each. The matter was postponed until March next year.
The charges date back to nearly a decade ago when a complaint was lodged about three farms being purchased by the municipality at grossly inflated prices. In some cases, the price was nearly doubled.
The suspects involved had allegedly worked together to create a paper trail to justify the deals but ultimately the Mpumalanga Human Settlements Department had lost nearly R124 million.
The Sunday Times had reported in 2017 that R1.5 million of the funds was paid into the account of a business owned by Bongo's wife and used to build a home in Nelspruit.
In addition to this, two payments of R300 000 each were allegedly made to secure a BMWX5 and an Audi RS5.
Bongo is believed to have a close relationship with David Mabuza, who had served as the province's premier at the time.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a warrant of arrest had been issued for ANC MP and ex-minister Bongani Bongo on Tuesday. Bongo would later be taken into custody on Tuesday evening and transported to Mpumalanga to appear in court.
The former state security minister is currently under investigation for corruption in Mpumalanga, along with Deputy President David Mabuza, who had been serving as premier at the time.
The investigation is in connection with the Department of Human Settlements where ambassador Siphosezwe Masango had served as an MEC and who is also under investigation.
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