New State Security Minister Bongani Bongo is embroiled in a new bribery scandal. This time Bongo is accused of offering a bribe, in a form of "blank cheque", to the evidence leader of parliament’s state capture inquiry — Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara. Vanara has made the shocking allegation in a sworn statement submitted to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Mbete has referred the matter to parliament’s joint ethics committee for further investigation. Omie Singh, the co-chair of the ethics committee, is due to meet Vanara on Tuesday before tabling the matter to a full sitting of the body that monitors the ethical conduct of MPs and cabinet ministers. Approached for comment through his spokesman Brian Dube, Bongo has not denied or confirmed offering a bribe to Vanara, only saying he’s requested parliament to send him a copy of the affidavit so that he can "consider his legal options". Shortly after his appointment in October, it emerged that the commercial crime fighting unit at t...

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