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image A plain clothes police officer leads Sandlane Zwane and Sibusiso Shongwe upon arrival at the magistrates court yesterday. (Pics: Mduduzi Mngomezulu)

MBABANE – Barely six weeks after he was released from custody, Senator Sibusiso Shongwe found himself back in jail.

The former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs was arrested yesterday morning with former MP and member of the Border Restoration Committee (BRC) Sandlane Zwane on charges of corruption and extortion.

They were round up by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) investigators yesterday morning while at the respective places of abode.
The two churchmates are alleged to have demanded payment of E600 000 from businessman Jose Emidio Rodrigues.
The dismissed minister is a pastor at Calvary Worship Centre while Zwane is one of his congregants.

Shongwe is alleged to have committed the offence while he was still a Cabinet minister.
According to the charge sheet, Zwane, who has been described as a businessman, is a close ally to Shongwe. It is alleged that during the period of October/November 2014, Zwane approached Rodrigrues, who is an accused with others in High Court case 242/2013, and advised him that he (Rodrigues) was facing very serious charges and that a judge had already been allocated to deal with the matter.

Zwane was referring to the case where the businessman was arrested with others in connection with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) fraud case.

He is said to have informed Rodrigues that a judgment was already made and they (Rodrigues and his co-accused) were going to be convicted and sentenced to various custodial sentences. “All these unlawful, dishonest and unauthorised presentations were and could never be true.  They were made for the sole purpose to instil fear on and extort advantages/money from Rodrigues,” reads part of the charge sheet.

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