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Bongani Bongo named as ANC MP arrested in corruption case

The former State Security Minister has been granted R5,000 bail.

FILE: ANC MP Bongani Bongo. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Senior African National Congress (ANC) MP Bongani Bongo has made a brief appearance in court.

He was arrested by the Hawks on Thursday morning.

Bongo was the minister of State Security in President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet.

When a parliamentary inquiry into state capture at Eskom was under way, Bongo was accused of trying to bribe Ntuthuzelo Vanara, the advocate leading evidence at the probe.

The Hawks arrested him in connection with this allegation and he appeared in court briefly this morning.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) did not oppose bail and he was released on R5,000 bail.

He'll be back in court at the end of January.

This was not the only allegation hanging over Bongo - the Hawks also investigated him in relation to alleged corrupt land transactions when he was a legal advisor to the Mpumalanga provincial government.

President Cyril Ramaphosa fired Bongo from Cabinet in February last year but he remains a senior ANC MP.