Choose bemoans witnesses’ conflicting proof in Bongo’s corruption trial

Western Cape Excessive Courtroom Choose President John Hlophe says the proof given by two key state witnesses within the corruption trial of ANC MP Bongani Bongo doesn’t add up.

On Friday, performing 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.

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

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

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However Hlophe highlighted a discrepancy in Tyawa’s testimony.

Hlophe mentioned: “Advocate Phindela gave proof simply earlier than you. His proof could be very clear. He mentioned he (Vanara) was supplied 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 mentioned that Mr Vanara mentioned he was supplied a bribe. That’s all he mentioned. Are you able to assist me perceive your proof because it conflicts with Mr Phindela.”

Tyawa responded: “I’ve obtained 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 accountable for members’ conduct.

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

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Because of the allegations Vanara, who was an performing registrar on the time, levelled in opposition to Bongo, he needed to be excused from the ethics committee and one other advocate appointed to take a seat in on proceedings.

As soon as this was executed, Tyawa mentioned, 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 government authority with “a canopy letter”.

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

“In the event you imagine a criminal offense was dedicated or there’s a suspicion of a criminal offense, you’ll have reported it to the police,” Hellens mentioned.

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

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

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 supplied Vanara a money bribe. Proceedings will proceed on Monday.

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