Home Affairs senior official’s ex-wife added as a suspect in corruption case

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Sandile Nkosi, the ex-wife of the former Minister of State Security and current Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Home Affairs, Bongani Bongo appeared in court yesterday on charges of corruption and money laundering.

It is reported that on 25 November 2020, eleven people and four entities appeared before the Mbombela Magistrate’s Court after being arrested and charged by the Hawks.

Hawks’ spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said, “They appeared before [the] court in relation to the charges for contravening the Public Finance Management Act 1999, fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering.”

Mogale added that the abovementioned accused allegedly purchased a farm for R15 million from the owner in Naauwpoort, “whereas the Department of Human Settlements in Mpumalanga paid R37.5 million for the said farm.”

“It was through that deal that a firm of attorneys paid the remaining amount of R22.5 million to a private entity without any express authority from the Department of Human Settlements. The accused persons then benefitted themselves through that money; hence they are before [the] court,” stated Mogale.

Nkosi allegedly received R1 million from the firm of attorneys, while the firm received roughly R52 million from the Department of Human Settlements; all this while Bongo was employed by the Department of Human Settlements as the Legal Head.

“The accused persons misrepresented to the department the actual cost of the farm as well as the ownership,” added Mogale.

Nkosi was granted bail of R10 000 and is expected back in court on 4 May 2021.