Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: Inside the Bosasa mafia

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA ? JANUARY 16: Former Bo

In the belly of the state capture beast

The revelations by former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi about how the company went about its business capturing the state was remarkable.

His testimony this week at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture played out like a mafia movie: vaults packed with money, bent politicians and cheap thrills for pliable union leaders.

What Agrizzi showed us was that state capture wasn't only limited to the Gupta family, but that it is much wider spread than we thought. This company, with its roots in the struggle thanks to the Watson family, who historically were very close to the ANC, seemingly methodically and efficiently corrupted many in government and state.

News24's editor-in-chief has been tracking the story since 2009, when he laid out the evidence against Bosasa chapter and verse. He writes about the company's travails since then. Our specialist reporter Mandy Wiener looks at possible indemnity for Agrizzi and Kyle Cowan, from News24's investigations team, answers the question why Agrizzi only chose to spill the beans now.

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA ? JANUARY 16: Former Bo

Bosasa and I

Adriaan Basson

I was not shocked to hear the evidence by Angelo Agrizzi, former henchmen to Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson, of breath-taking corruption at the group of companies. What appals me is the inaction for over a decade by South Africa’s law enforcement agencies. They must all be subjected to the same level of wrath KPMG had to endure for helping the Guptas cook their books.

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA ? JANUARY 16: Former Bo

When the consigliere sings: What to do with Angelo Agrizzi?

Mandy Wiener

When crooks fall out, they will do and say anything to save themselves. There's no secret that Agrizzi had a fallout with his colleagues at Bosasa and there has been a smear campaign running on both sides, with damning racist tape recordings being exposed. With his credibility shot, what is authorities to do with his evidence?

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA ? JANUARY 16: Former Bo

Why Agrizzi is spilling the beans now

Kyle Cowan

One of the biggest questions surrounding the testimony of former Bosasa director Angelo Agrizzi at the state capture commission of inquiry is why: Why is Agrizzi taking the risk to reveal all? The reason is more self-serving than you might have thought.

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