South Africa: Parliament speaker resigns over accusations of bribery

Source: Associated Press

“South Africa’s parliament speaker resigned on Wednesday and relinquished her seat in the legislature over allegations of corruption, a day after she lost a bid in court that would block her arrest. Prosecutors last week said they intend to charge Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula with corruption, accusing her of receiving about $135,000 in bribes from a defense contractor during her three years as defense minister. She allegedly received the payments between December 2016 and July 2019, while another bribe, amounting to $105,000, was not paid. Mapisa-Nqakula announced in a statement that she has tendered her resignation but insisted she was innocent of the accusations against her.” (04/03/24)