Bribes and wigs for the Speaker of the South African Parliament?

South African prosecutors announced on Monday that they will indict the speaker of parliament on corruption charges after he allegedly accepted $135,000 in bribes and a wig over three years while serving as defense minister.

President Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has not been arrested or charged. Prosecutors spoke at a court hearing about her claims that authorities did not properly notify her of the allegations or follow the correct procedures.

A judge was scheduled to rule on the stay of arrest during the day on Monday.

In court documents presented at the hearing, prosecutors said Mr Mapisa-Nqakula received 11 payments totaling $135,000 between December 2016 and July 2019, and a further $105,000. demanded a bribe. Dollars were paid and never paid, prosecutors said.

Sometime in February 2019, Mapisa-Nqakula received more than $15,000 and a wig during a conference at the country’s main international airport, documents say. The name of the person who allegedly paid the bribe has not been released.

Prosecutors gave her the option of going to the police station and being brought to court to be formally charged. They said they would not oppose his bail.

Mapisa Nqakula has denied any wrongdoing and said she would co-operate with authorities after authorities searched her home in Johannesburg last week and seized evidence.

She took leave from her position as speaker of parliament. She had previously been accused of bribery, but a parliamentary investigation into her was thrown out in 2021. Prosecutors say the case resurfaced last year after a whistleblower came forward.

The incident is the latest corruption scandal to hit the ruling African National Congress, which is ahead of a crucial national election on May 29.

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