African National Congress (ANC) MP Supra Mahumapelo has claimed fellow MP Bongani Bongo’s alleged attempted bribery case is politically motivated.
Mahumapelo made the claim while addressing journalists outside the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday after Bongo’s case was postponed.
He and fellow ANC MP Mosebenzi Zwane had earlier attended the court’s proceedings as a show of support for Bongo.
‘Politics has prejudiced case’
Mahumapelo said, “The rule of law must take place without fear or favour, but the politics of the whole case brings about prejudice.
“As we move forward, we will demonstrate to all and sundry why we are saying there is prejudice, because almost everything else is informed by the politics.”
He lamented that there is a narrative being perpetuated around some ANC leaders regarding when they will be arrested, adding that this undermines their constitutional rights.
“So that’s why I’m saying there’s a lot of prejudice and at some point, we’re going to release to you information that will show some of the politicians who are involved in mobilising particular individuals, particular sections of the media, [and] mobilisation of money to make sure some people are arrested in order to resolve political challenges that are within the movement,” Mahumapelo claimed.
Bongo ‘will never walk alone’
When journalists prodded him to confirm if these politicians are in the ANC, he replied, “Yes, I’m saying so. That’s for sure.”
Zwane also spoke to journalists and expressed confidence that Bongo’s case will be dismissed.
He said, “We know the outcome of the case and it should not take people by surprise that we are here to support our colleague.
“It should be a logical thing to support each other during these times. He will never walk alone.”
In November last year, Bongo told eNCA that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan orchestrated his arrest. Gordhan later denied the claim.
ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule also told Sunday Times in December that Bongo and Zwane “feel targeted” because they supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s 2017 bid for ANC Presidency.
Bongo’s case was postponed to 21 February to determine a date when the trial will commence at the Western Cape High Court.