South Africa's ex-transport minister, now a top diplomat to Australia, in court on corruption

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A spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said the country's High Commissioner to Australia has been charged with corruption.

Spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said Sibusiso Ndebele appeared in a Durban court Tuesday and was released on $655 bail.

Mfaku said the charges stem from Ndebele's time as South Africa's minister of transport. He was transport minister from 2009 to 2012.

Mfaku said the case is postponed until Jul. 20, 2016, when Ndebele will appear in court with another former high ranking transport official and others implicated in the investigation. A spokesman for South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Clayson Monyela, said Ndebele will remain high commissioner while the case continues.

Mfaku said three companies have also been indicted on corruption charges.