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Minister Bongo not commenting on latest bribe claims - spokesperson

The 'Sunday Times' is reporting that it has seen a signed affidavit in which advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara claims Bongani Bongo was instructed by Eskom's Zethembe Khoza, who asked him to derail the probe.

FILE: State Security Minister Bongani Bongo. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - State Security Minister Bongani Bongo's office is not commenting on new revelations about his alleged attempt to bribe the evidence leader in the Eskom inquiry.

The Sunday Times says it's seen a signed affidavit in which Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara claims that Bongo was instructed by Eskom chairperson Zethembe Khoza, who asked him to derail the probe.

Vanara was allegedly offered a "blank cheque" to resign from the inquiry.

Parliament's ethics committee has been asked to investigate the allegations against the State Security Minister.

Last week, Members of Parliament (MPs) called for a thorough probe, while the Economic Freedom Fighters suggested the Public Protector also look into the matter.

Khoza's alleged role in the plot adds a new dynamic which MPs have yet to comment on.

Bongo's spokesperson Brian Dube says that the minister isn't speaking publicly about the issue either.

"The minister has taken a position that the matter is now subject to a probe by Parliament's ethics committee and therefore it would be inappropriate to comment on it outside of the process. It must be allowed to take its course."

Khoza has reportedly denied any involvement.