- Embattled politician Bongani Bongo has been drawn into the crossfire amid the Bushiri scandal
- Citizens are outraged that the corruption accused ANC MP still chairs a parliamentary committee
- Numerous people expressed their dismay over the apparent lack of accountability in the ruling party
The scandal surrounding Sheperd Bushiri has seen Bongani Bongo thrown into the public's spotlight on Tuesday.
The ANC MP is serving as a portfolio committee chair overseeing the probe into the couple's sudden disappearance.
While politicians seem content enough to let this slide, Mzansi isn't the least bit impressed that the ANC big wig is still enjoying the benefits of his position.
Author Max du Preez weighed in on the situation, questioning how Bongo is still active in Parliament:
"So Bongani Bongo is still active as a portfolio committee chair in Parliament, even after he appeared in court in two separate cases of corruption?"
Journalist Ray Mahlaka also voiced his opinion on the situation, commenting that:
"I don’t know what’s more laughable. #Bushiri’s middle finger to SA’s justice system or Bongani Bongo leading a Parliamentary process to probe the circumstances around Bushiri’s disappearance. One corruption accused fled the country, the other is in Parliament. Sgebengas!"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Former minister Bongani Bongo has been formally charged with corruption after appearing in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court.
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.
A report indicated that 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.
Take a look at some of the reactions to the situation below:
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