Bongani Bongo corruption case: Testimonies of senior parly officers do not add up, says Choose Hlophe | News24

  • The Western Cape Excessive Court docket has heard testimonies of two senior parliamentary staffers within the corruption trial of ANC MP Bongani Bongo.
  • On Friday, Western Cape Choose President John Hlophe raised issues that the witnesses’ statements don’t add up.
  • The matter has been postponed to subsequent Monday.

Western Cape Excessive Court docket Choose President John Hlophe says the proof given by two key state witnesses within the corruption trial of ANC MP Bongani Bongo would not add up.

On Friday, appearing parliamentary secretary Child Tyawa and Nationwide Council of Provinces (NCOP) secretary Modhibedi Phindela took to the witness stand after lacking their preliminary deadline to look in courtroom.

Bongo, a former State Safety Minister, has pleaded not responsible to a corruption cost emanating from an accusation that he tried to disrupt a parliamentary inquiry into state seize at Eskom on 10 October 2017.

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Proceedings began with Phindela testifying that Ntuthuzela Vanara, the proof chief on the inquiry, advised him Bongo provided him a bribe.

Tyawa advised the courtroom Vanara advised her immediately within the presence of secretary to Nationwide Meeting Masibulele Xaso and Phindela about Bongo’s alleged try to collapse the Eskom inquiry.

However Hlophe highlighted a discrepancy in Tyawa’s testimony.

Hlophe stated:

Advocate Phindela gave proof simply earlier than you. His proof may be very clear. He stated he (Vanara) was provided a bribe. He made no reference in collapsing the inquiry. You see the distinction between you two. Your model and his model… it [your version] flies within the face of his model. As a result of he stated that Mr Vanara stated he was provided a bribe. That’s all he stated. Are you able to assist me perceive your proof because it conflicts with Mr Phindela.

Tyawa responded: “I’ve bought nothing to say.”

Xaso and Phindela agreed to tell Twaya, which they did whereas at their workshop in Stellenbosch.

When Vanara first advised her of the allegations, Tyawa advised him to place it in writing.

As head of Parliament’s administration, she shouldn’t be liable for members’ conduct.

Tyawa stated issues involving MPs are referred to the Speaker of the Nationwide Meeting.

As a result of allegations Vanara, who was an appearing registrar on the time, levelled in opposition to Bongo, he needed to be excused from the ethics committee and one other advocate appointed to sit down in on proceedings.

As soon as this was accomplished, Tyawa stated, her position ended.

Advocate Mike Hellens SC, Bongo’s counsel, questioned whether or not the ethics committee made any progress on the matter.

“I don’t know, they don’t report back to me,” was Tyawa’s response.

She additionally made it clear that the contents of Vanara’s affidavit was submitted on to Parliament’s govt authority with “a canopy letter”.

Hellens repeatedly requested Tyawa why the matter was not reported to the police.

“In case you imagine against the law was dedicated or there’s a suspicion of against the law, you’ll have reported it to the police,” Hellens stated.

In response, Tyawa stated she had no authority to intrude within the conduct of an MP.

“By way of Monetary Administration of Parliament Act I’m obliged to report corruption so far as it issues administrative workers,” she stated.

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The case in opposition to Bongo comes after former President Jacob Zuma introduced, in 2017, an inquiry into the Eskom energy utility following a number of allegations of corruption.

Based on an preliminary affidavit by Vanara, who was the inquiry’s proof chief on the time, Bongo requested him to pretend an sickness and take sick go away as a result of the inquiry couldn’t proceed in his absence.

Bongo additionally allegedly provided Vanara a money bribe.

Proceedings will proceed on Monday.

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