Bongani Bongo biography, age, profile, qualifications & family

Bongani Bongo (born 29th June 1978 in Dennilton, Mpumalanga) is a South African politician and lawyer. He served as the Minister of State Security (October 2017 – February 2018) under the presidency of Jacob Zuma.

Bongani is the elected President of the Alumni & Convocation Association of the University of Limpopo.


Bongani Bongo biography
Bongani Bongo, South African Lawyer and politician.
NameBongani Thomas Bongo
Age42 years old
Place of birthDennilton, Mpumalanga
Date of birth29 June 1978
ParentsThomas Bongo and Emily Makhanya
Birthday29th June
ProfessionLawyer and politician
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of Limpopo


His date of birth is on the 29th of June 1978. He celebrates his birthday every year on June 29th. 

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His place of birth is in an area called Dennilton (currently in Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo). Bongani Bongo is 42 years old.


Bongani had his matriculation at Kgothala Secondary School. He attended the University of Limpopo and studied Law from the institution.


He was born into the family of Thomas Bongo and Emily Makhanya. 

Bongo is the third out of four children, together with his family they relocated to the township of Siyabuswa in 1999.


In 2017, he and Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, SA defense minister arrived in Harare as special envoys to President Jacob Zuma to 2017 coup Zimbabwe that deposed Robert Mugabe.

Upon arriving at the Harare International Airport, they were not allowed to leave until the evening. 

On the 16th of November, Mugabe was at Harare’s State House to take part in discussions with General Constantino Chiwenga, Bongo, and Mapisa-Nqakula over a passage of power.

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Bongo and Mapisa-Nqakula met with Joao Lourenco, Angolan president and chairperson of the SADC’s Organ on Politics, Defence and Security. They brief him on the situation in Zimbabwe.

Bribery and Corruption

“Bongo is accused of trying to bribe an evidence leader in a parliamentary inquiry into state capture at Eskom in October 2017.

“He has opted to take a leave of absence while court proceedings continue” The Citizen reported.

He opted to take a leave of absence as a member of Parliament and ANC national executive committee (NEC) member.

Bongo is being accused of trying to “bribe an evidence leader in a parliamentary inquiry into state capture at Eskom in October 2017”.

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After two years, in November 2019, he was arrested and granted bail of R5,000.

He was also being investigated by Hawks for alleged corrupt land transactions during his time as a legal adviser in the Mpumalanga human settlement provincial department.

He earned an R300,000 deposit for a BMW through a departmental corrupt deal in 2011.

On the 28th of February, 2018 he was fired from Cabinet by the new president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.


During his days as the Minister of State Security, he was the head of the State Security Agency of South Africa. 

He has served as a member of Parliament since the national elections in May 2014. 

Bongani took up roles in several portfolio committees including the Constitutional Review Committee.

He was elected to serve as the chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in July 2019.

The ANC’s Musa Chabangu nominated him, another ANC parliamentarian Tidimalo Legwase seconded the nomination.

Bongo accepted the nomination and emerged winner against the Angel Khanyile.

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