NPA applies for leave to appeal Bongo matter

Politics South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

The National Prosecuting Authority has applied for leave to appeal the decision to acquit ANC Member of Parliament (MP) Bongani Bongo of corruption.

On 26 March 2021, the Western Cape High court dismissed a case against Bongo. Judge John Hlope found Bongo not guilty on a charge of corruption on the basis of insufficient evidence.

The charges stemmed from an offer he made to Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara to collapse the Portfolio Committee Inquiry into affairs at Eskom.

The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Nicolette Bell, said “NPA has decided, after careful consideration of the facts, the law and the legal principles applicable in dealing with applications of this nature to appeal the decision to acquit Bongo.”

The NPA added that the application for leave to appeal has been filed and served on Bongo’s legal representatives. “A suitable date will be arranged for the application to be heard by the Judge President.”

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