AS IT HAPPENED: Gwede Mantashe's security systems 'without a shadow of a doubt' paid for by Bosasa - Agrizzi testifies at #StateCaptureInquiry

2019-03-29 09:38

Former Bosasa chief operating officer turned whistleblower, Angelo Agrizzi has made a return to the Zondo commission of inquiry and has concluded his testimony.

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Angelo Agrizzi at state capture inquiry

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29 Mar 14:53

Agrizzi concludes his testimony, he is excused and Zondo adjourns the commission until Monday morning, 10:00.

29 Mar 14:50

29 Mar 14:50

Pretorius: "You have yourself conceded that to one degree or another, you were involved or aware, right from the beginning, of corrupt activities. You were either aware or participated throughout the period."

Agrizzi says this is correct.

29 Mar 14:48

29 Mar 14:48
Agrizzi says he didn't mean to confuse anybone cpncerning the donation, it was for the ANC.

29 Mar 14:45

29 Mar 14:44
"It was either R8 or R10m, it is very easy to track," Agrizzi says.

29 Mar 14:43

29 Mar 14:42
Agrizzi: Chair, I asked the investigation team to pull out Bosasa's bank statements to see the full amount. 

29 Mar 14:41

Agrizzi says an "arms' length company" paid for Gillingham's legal fees.

Pretorius asks Agrizzi to elaborate on Top 6 allegations he mentioned yesterday.

29 Mar 14:39
Agrizzie elaborates on screenshot, says the 'war room' was created for national elections at Bosasa head office for 2 months.

29 Mar 14:37
Pretorius presents a screenshot from the video.

29 Mar 14:37

29 Mar 14:36
Lamozest: a company  Agrizzi says was created for "the senior white employees". Used "as a cover up for expenses, strictly, just for the family". This included the houses built for children.

29 Mar 14:33
 Agrizzi on Bosasa's purpose in assisting Gwede Mantashe - "At first, Gavin was elusive but he said it was because Mantashe is a brilliant connection to have"

29 Mar 14:33

29 Mar 14:31
Agrizzi says Gavin Watson told him the security was installed at Gwede Mantashe's various properties because he was a brilliant contact to have as the ANC secretary-general at the time. 

29 Mar 14:28

29 Mar 14:27
"There is no possible way that Leshabane could have made a donation of that kind personally," says Agrizzi. 

29 Mar 14:24

29 Mar 14:24
Agrizzi says the security upgrades done at Gwede Mantashe's house were paid for by Bosasa and not by Papa Leshabane, as previously claimed.

29 Mar 14:21
In March 2017, he was invited to a meeting with Dahua CEO and Andile Ramaphosa. Bosasa had a contract for camera installation involving Dahua. Company "is linked to Andile Ramaphosa's Blue Crane Capital,” Agrizzi explains.

29 Mar 14:14

Agrizzi touches on corruption in municipalities:

"At some time I avoided doing business with municipalities - I felt that it was wrong". 

29 Mar 14:07

29 Mar 14:07
Trevor Mathenjwa was responsible for the contract. Services were not being provided in accordance with the contractual standards, no monitoring took place, Agrizzi says.

29 Mar 14:05

We resume.

Pretorius deals with contract between Bosasa and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Agrizzi says the tender was awarded irregularly and "received a lot of resistance from the procurement department."

29 Mar 13:57

Agrizzi has testified before the Zondo Commission of inquiry into state capture that Dudu Myeni had meetings with Bosasa on more occasions than she let on. 

ICYMI, catch up on previous News24 articles relating to Dudu Myeni's relationship with Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson:

READ: The Myeni connection: Bosasa, Zuma and Dudu Myeni

Inside a private lounge at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria, Angelo Agrizzi watched as Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson handed R300 000 in cash to the head of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, Dudu Myeni.

On another occasion, a luxury Louis Vuitton handbag was stuffed with another R300 000 and allegedly given to Myeni.

As close confidante to former president Jacob Zuma and head of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, Myeni played an integral role in the relationship between Bosasa and Zuma since 2015.

29 Mar 13:07


ANALYSIS: Devil's in the detail: Agrizzi's little black book of bribes decoded, and what it means for the ANC

Krugersdorp based facilities management company Bosasa allegedly paid bribes to a host of government officials, prosecutors and politicians for years.

Cash in little grey security bags was dropped off at homes, handed under restaurant tables, and concealed in newspapers.

It was an open secret at Bosasa - almost every current director has been implicated in either paying the bribes themselves or having knowledge of it.

29 Mar 12:58

R1,25m paid out to the sister of Bheki Gina.

Purpose? To provide security, access control in the department of education in Kimberley, Agrizzi says.

We adjourn for lunch, to resume at 14:00.

29 Mar 12:54

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They tried to keep me out the loop, but there was a CCTV and access control contract with the Northern Cape Education Department There was no tender prepared for it, made out to be an emergency requirement. This tender was kept far away from me. Things would happen, but I would find out about them because I would need to sign off the accounts.

29 Mar 12:51

29 Mar 12:50
Seopela hired different cars to avoid being traced. Watson called Seophela was the "2.5%" man - because of the fee on each contract. 

29 Mar 12:48
Sesinyi Seopela was referred to as 'The Commander'.

29 Mar 12:47

29 Mar 12:46
Gavin Watson along with Papa Leshabane, Joe Gumede were integrally involved in illegal activities at Bosasa, says Agrizzi.

29 Mar 12:37

Zondo: Was there any contract Bosasa got for which they didn't pay bribes?

Agrizzi: No.

29 Mar 12:33

Watson would tell Agrizzi  they would be like Paul and Silas in prison

Agrizzi explains the Biblical reference to Paul and Silas praising God in prison, and the chains falling off.

"I'm a good Catholic", he adds. 

29 Mar 12:32
He says Watson had no office, no secretary, Agrizzi says. Watson did not sign anything. He would sit in my office, people would come in and out of my office and meet with him there, or he would sit in the boardroom. He only had a newspaper with him.

29 Mar 12:28
Agrizzi says Bosasa also paid for Mti's clothing accounts.

29 Mar 12:27
Agrizzi: Watson instructed me to buy Mti shoes on Bosasa's credit card at the cost of R19 000.

29 Mar 12:25
Agrizzi says he witnessed bribes to Mti. Watson often counted cash in front of him allocated to Mti.

29 Mar 12:20

29 Mar 12:18
Agrizzi says he would challenge Watson, whereas everyone else be 'yes' people.

29 Mar 12:16

Agrizzi: On numerous occasions, ANC members were bribes in his presence.

Watson was Bosasa, it was his brand. He was often labelled 'The Godfather' of Bosasa.

29 Mar 12:14
Agrizzi recalls a flight from Durban which Myeni was on as well, she proceeded to greet him and his wife. She asked him what was wrong with him, he explained that he had resigned from Bosasa.

29 Mar 12:12
Agrizzi adds that he wanted to stay far away from Myeni and told Gavin not to enter negotiations for a deal with SAA, telling him it was not worth it. 

29 Mar 12:08

Agrizzi claims Myeni was present at at least 4 other meetings other than the official visit to Bosasa. Myeni and Bosasa were in discussion about a catering contract at SAA, Agrizzi says. 

29 Mar 12:01
Agrizzi says he met the former SAA chairperson at the Sheraton Hotel, says Myeni received R300 000 cash for the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

29 Mar 11:58
Dudu Myeni gave false accounts of her version of Bosasa meetings, Agrizzi says. There were several meetings according to his knowledge.

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