Conflicting witness proof in Bongo graft case — Hlophe – The Mail & Guardian

Two extra state witnesses took the stand within the corruption case in opposition to the previous state safety minister, ANC MP Bongani Bongo, within the excessive courtroom in Cape City on Friday. 

Bongani faces prices of corruption referring to allegations that he provided to bribe advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara, the proof chief within the parliamentary inquiry into state seize at Eskom, in October 2017. Vanara was allegedly provided a bribe “to break down the inquiry” into mismanagement at Eskom. 

On the third day of trial, state witnesses advocate Modibedi Phindela, secretary to the Nationwide Council of Provinces, and Penelope Tyawa, performing secretary of parliament and head of administration, gave proof. 

Phindela was approached by Vanara after the alleged telephone name by Bongo “to break down the inquiry” in 2017. After assembly Vanara, Phindela reported the matter to Tyawa as head of administration. After Vanara compiled a report Tyawa handed it over to the manager authorities of parliament for additional motion. 

Bongo’s authorized consultant, Michael Hellens, was persistent within the matter of why the witnesses didn’t report the incident to the police or the Directorate for Precedence Crime Investigation (the Hawks), however as a substitute reported it to parliament. 

Phindela and Tyawa argued that they raised it in a political discussion board and never as a felony matter. They mentioned they acted in keeping with laws in parliament after they reported the incident.

Hellen argued an error within the affidavit Tyawa signed on 14 August 2018 whereby she refers to Bongo because the minister of intelligence. Hellen mentioned Bongo was relieved from his function as minister of state safety on 26 February 2018. 

The Western Cape decide president, John Hlophe, questioned why Tyawa’s proof sheet didn’t correspond to her affidavit. In her affidavit of 2018 she wrote, “on 10 October 2017 Mr Vanara mentioned honourable Bongo approached him for corruption” and “he was promised a bribe”. However in her cost sheet she doesn’t embody “he was promised a bribe”. 

She attributes it to the time lapse between the affidavit and the cost sheet.

However Hhlophe mentioned she didn’t point out it throughout her examination, cross-examination or re-examination. He famous that Phindela mentioned, “he was provided a bribe”, and that he didn’t make any reference to corruption. Hhlophe then mentioned that Tyawa’s proof is in battle with Phindela’s. 

The courtroom adjourned to renew on Monday, 22 February, when the state is predicted to shut its case after probably two extra witnesses give proof. 

Exterior the courtroom Bongo was met by followers pledging their help for the ANC MP. 

Bongo was relieved from his function as a minister in 2018 after simply 4 months within the place, when incoming President Cyril Ramaphosa selected his new cupboard members. Bongo was arrested by the Hawks in 2020 for a spread of prices together with fraud, corruption and theft.

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