Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: The making of Paul Pretorius
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After hurricane Angelo Agrizzi

The blistering testimony that former Bosasa bagman Angelo Agrizzi delivered across his ten days on the witness stand at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture has bewildered the country.

South Africans thought they had seen it all with former president Jacob Zuma’s cronies, the Guptas, but along came Bosasa – established by struggle figure Gavin Watson – and blew us all away. Money and chicken for ministers (Nomvula Mokonyane), expensive handbags stuffed with cash for Zuma’s friends (Dudu Myeni), cash for the president and cars for senior officials’ entire families (Patrick Gillingham).

Agrizzi dissected the anatomy of grand capture like we haven’t seen before. News24’s specialist writer Mandy Wiener takes a closer look at Advocate Paul Pretorius, the commission’s evidence leader and compares him to Donald Trump’s bete noire, prosecutor Robert Mueller. Kyle Cowan, from News24’s investigations team – and arguably the country’s foremost Agrizzi-watcher – attempts to determine what we can believe, and what we cannot believe, from his testimony. And I argue that apartheid will probably be the ANC’s insurance policy against the myriad commissions and inquiries running concurrently.

Let us know what you think.

Pieter du Toit 

ASSISTANT EDITOR: IN-DEPTH NEWS


20180820 NETWERK24 Adv Paul Pretorius in die kom

Paul Pretorius: Guiding SA through the morass of corruption

Mandy Wiener

As the landmines exploding at the Tiso Blackstar offices in Braamfontein ripples across the country, it is Advocate Paul Pretorius’ deferential approach, his slow and measured movements, that brings a sense of calm to the proceedings. He has joined the dots of complex graft, pointing out the signposts of collusion and compromise along the way, stressing the seriousness of the situation but without ever sounding the alarm.

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20180820 NETWERK24 Adv Paul Pretorius in die kom

Agrizzi: Does the truth lurk behind the bombshells and racism

Kyle Cowan

What hides behind the bravado of self-confessed racist and corruptor turned whistleblower, Angelo Agrizzi? What motivates a man to go from living in the lap of luxury, to abandoning the lavish trappings of ill-gotten gains, in exchange for the witness box?

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African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ra

Zondo, Nugent, Mokgoro, PIC… and why the ANC believes it to be immune

Pieter du Toit

The ANC has been at pains to try and separate party and state – perhaps for the first time in its history, given the aims of the National Democratic Revolution and its policy of cadre deployment – in order to create the impression that the legions of ANC leaders and officials that are implicated in state capture and grand corruption somehow acted on their own. Its insurance policy against the sludge released by Zondo, Nugent, Mokgoro et al. will remain apartheid.

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