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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has met with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete over allegations of interference levelled against State Security Minister Bongani Bongo, the Presidency confirmed on Tuesday. 

This comes hours after reports emerged that Mbete had handed over an affidavit to Zuma detailing how the minister had tried to interfere in a state capture inquiry by trying to bribe an MP.

In the affidavit, parliamentary inquiry evidence leader Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara claimed that a blank cheque was offered to him to disrupt the inquiry by either resigning or faking an illness.

The alleged bribe was sent by Eskom interim chairman Zethembe Khoza, through Bongo, and was intended to collapse the inquiry.

Khoza has since denied the allegations levelled against him.

The Presidency confirmed that the president had met with Mbete over the matter. 

"President Zuma is attending to the matter," the Presidency said in a brief statement.