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Bongani Thomas Bongo is a South African politician and the former Minister of State Security, a position to which he was appointed on 17 October 2017 by President Jacob Zuma until he was relieved from the post on 28 February 2018. As the Minister of State Security, Bongo headed the State Security Agency. He is a member of the African National Congress (ANC).

He was one of the Zuma envoy to the Zimbabwe's November 2017 Coup that deposed Robert Mugabe. He was not considered by the Zimbabwean military generals who regarded him as a minor in the political arena leaving the SA's defense Minister, Minister Mapisa Nqakula to negotiate with the Zimbabwean Generals. [1]

Bribery and corruption accusationsEdit

Bongo was accused of offering a bribe to advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara, evidence leader of Parliament’s inquiry into state capture at Eskom. Speaker Baleke Mbete referred the matter to the Public Protector.

Bongo was also implicated in a Hawks investigation relating to alleged corrupt land transactions during his time as legal adviser in the Mpumalanga provincial government, and accused of earning a R300 000 deposit for a BMW through a corrupt deal.[2][3]

Bongo was fired from Cabinet on 28 February 2018 by new president Cyril Ramaphosa.[4]


  1. ^ Who is new State Security Minister Bongani Bongo?, News24, 17 October 2017
  2. ^ "Bongani Bongo in alleged bribery bid to capture Eskom inquiry". Fin24. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  3. ^ "Thomas Bongo investigated for fraud and corruption". 013NEWS. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  4. ^ "Ramaphosa swings the axe‚ cuts 13 from Zuma's Cabinet". SowetanLIVE & Sunday World. Retrieved 2019-05-06.

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