Bongani Bongo (born Bongani Thomas Bongo) is a Politician and the ex-Minister of State Security. He was appointed as Minister by President Jacob Zuma on 17 October 2017.
As a Minister of State Security, he was the head of the State Security Agency. Bongani is a member of the South African party, African National Congress (ANC).
It is worth mentioning that he was also part of the Zuma envoy to Zimbabwe’s Coup in November 2017, which forcefully removed Robert Mugabe from office.
Despite his efforts, he was still not considered by the Zimbabwean military generals who saw him then as a minor in the political arena. The South African Defense Minister, Minister Mapisa Nqakula, was left to negotiate with the Zimbabwean Generals.
He was sacked from the Cabinet by the current president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on 28 February 2018.
His activism dates back to when he was a learner at Dennilton in 1995. Bongo was active in student structures at the University of Limpopo including the South African Students Congress (SASCO).
He was the leader of the Students Representative Council (2001-2002). After his days in the university, he also became the first branch chairperson of the ANCYL in Dennilton (2003-2004).
As he progressed, he was elected to the regional structure of the ANCYL called the Nkangala region at the time. Later into the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the Mpumalanga ANCYL.
He served as an advisor to the Premier of Mpumalanga (2012-2014) and thereafter deployed to the Parliament.
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Bongani Bongo is accused of trying to disrupt a Parliamentary inquiry into state capture at power utility Eskom on October 10, 2017.
“Bongo, who was the Minister of State Security at the time, allegedly approached an advocate within the commission who was an evidence leader to take sick leave on the day of the commencement of the [inquiry] with a view to derail the proceedings,” said Mulaudzi.
The advocate was allegedly “offered an open cheque bribe and he consequently alerted his seniors, which culminated in the Hawks investigation,” Mulaudzi added.