Bongani Bongo

Former South African State Security Minister Bongani Bongo and 11 others face at least 69 counts of fraud, corruption, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. They were arrested in connection with a R74 million land deal dating back to 2011. It is alleged that they worked in concert to inflate the value of two farms purchased on behalf of two local municipalities in Mpumalanga by the provincial human settlements department. n one instance, the Mpumalanga Human Settlements Department paid R37.5 million to buy a farm but the owner only received R15 million. The balance is alleged to have been transferred to a trust account controlled by one of the accused and then distributed to the rest. In another instance, the accused allegedly worked jointly during the payment of R10.5 million for property valued at only R1.6 million. Bongo has stepped aside from leading any activities on behalf of the ANC although he has kept his parliamentary seat, salary and all other perks of being an MP.