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State Security Dept. unaware of corruption investigation into minister Bongo

The Sunday Times is reporting that the Hawks are investigating Bongo over allegations of fraud and corruption while he served as the head of legal services in the MP Human Settlements Department.

New State Security Minister Bongani Bongo. Picture: parliament.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - The State Security Department says it’s not aware of any investigation into the corruption allegations against minister Bongani Bongo.

This follows a Sunday Times report that the Hawks are investigating Bongo over allegations of fraud and corruption while he served as the head of legal services in the Mpumalanga Human Settlements Department back in 2012.

The newspaper says reports submitted to the Police Ministry by acting Hawks head Yolisa Matakata, support the allegations.

It says Bongo, who was appointed to the ministry position in the recent reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, is also involved in breaches of regular procurement processes of farm purchases worth R123 million in Mpumalanga.

The department’s Brian Dube refutes the claims.

“Advocate Bongo confirms he did work for the Department of Human Settlements in Mpumalanga and that he is not aware of any lawful investigation.”

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