OVERVIEW: Bosasa had captured the department, says Agrizzi at #StateCaptureInquiry

2019-01-21 12:03

Angelo Agrizzi has revealed more details about Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson and associates during his testimony before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.

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21 Jan 17:07
Inquiry is adjourned until Tuesday at 10:00

21 Jan 17:05
Agrizzi says he told to trade in his old Audi A6 for a new one and the company would cover the shortfall as a reward to "doing a wonderful job"

21 Jan 17:03
Expansion never went out to tender, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 17:01

They (Bosasa) had captured the department.  

It was inevitable that the amount would be exceeded, says Agrizzi.  

"You had them in your clutches"


21 Jan 16:59
The value of the expansion was R236m, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:59

Watson instructed Agrizzi to change the company name at the last minute to Sondolo IT  

We were awarded that contract, says Agrizzi


21 Jan 16:57
Invitation to bid was advertised in February 2005, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:53
Agrizzi highlights restrictive clauses in the document

21 Jan 16:52
I was instructed to draft the document in such a manner that Bosasa would be guaranteed to get the contract.

21 Jan 16:50
Agrizzi had to draw up a specification document for access control

21 Jan 16:50
Watson said Mti gave "very good feedback" from the meeting

21 Jan 16:49
About 40 people attended the meeting

21 Jan 16:49

SuperSport Park meeting is where Agrizzi met Richmond Linda Mti  

Bosasa showcased its services


21 Jan 16:45

Increase was 234 000 to R406 000  

Agrizzi jokes that his wife probably took 90% of that


21 Jan 16:44

Contract was extended to other correctional centres at the value of R14m extra per month  

All Bosasa employees received substantial increases


21 Jan 16:41
Although the bid was submitted for R239m, they probably would have paid closer to R310m, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:40

90% would be normal meals  

Special meals are exactly the same type of meal, but at double the cost, says Agrizzi


21 Jan 16:37
The value of the contract R239m per year, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:36

Agrizzi says he knew the bid process was "improper".  

I mentioned it to Mr Gavin Watson  

"As always, Mr Watson had it all under control – that's what he told me."


21 Jan 16:34
"When the bid came out, I was told, we had to tender for it," says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:34
At first, Agrizzi thought the blueprint was a report, but it became a tender specifications document

21 Jan 16:32
The prison tour gave Bosasa an edge in being able to get more business from Correctional Services, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:29
I did not pay for Gillingham at all on the tour, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:28
Patrick Gillingham, former CFO of Correctional Services, was involved with Bosasa, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:25

Agrizzi drew up a blueprint for the catering needs for Correctional Services  

"But we were not to wear Bosasa uniforms."


21 Jan 16:22
Contract was to train senior officials from the Department of Correctional Services on catering, says Agrizzi

21 Jan 16:15

21 Jan 16:14

PP: How did the matter arise in Parliament?

Agrizzi: There was a newspaper report, and Mr Smith tried to make out that I had loaned him the cash. @CowansView


21 Jan 16:13
Agrizzi says Smith's claims in aftermath of News24 reports that he had a loan with Agrizzi was 'devoid of truth'. @CowansView

21 Jan 16:12

Agrizzi rejects Smith's assertion that there was a loan agreement between them  

"I would never have loaned him money"


21 Jan 16:03

21 Jan 16:01

Bosasa scandal 2: Top ANC MP Vincent Smith got cash, CCTV

Long-serving ANC MP Vincent Smith was paid at least R670 000 by controversial facilities management group Bosasa over the past three years.


21 Jan 15:59
R267 000 payment made for university fees for Smith's daughter

21 Jan 15:55

21 Jan 15:53
AA: The duty to see to the installation was Mr Richard le Roux, if I am not mistaken he was employed by Sondolo IT (Bosasa company). @CowansView

21 Jan 15:51
Bosasa arranged cash payments for the security equipment

21 Jan 15:51

PP: Was there an occasion when a crime incident occurred at Mr Smith's house?

AA: Not sure what kind of crime, Gavin Watson offered to install security and camera system at the house. @CowansView


21 Jan 15:49
Agrizzi: Smith said that if decisions needed to be made in parliament, he would ensure a favourable decisions to Bosasa. #StateCaptureInquiry @TeamNews24 @CowansView

21 Jan 15:48

21 Jan 15:48
Agrizzi: Vincent Smith allegedly intervened to ensure that Zach Modise, correctional services commissioner, would have a "favourable" attitude towards Bosasa. @CowansView

21 Jan 15:46
At some stage, Nwenya and Magagula were moved out of the standing committee on correctional services and the payments to them stopped. @CowansView

21 Jan 15:45

AA: During 2016, the monthly payments to Vincent Smith increased to R100 000.

He requested the increase. @CowansView


21 Jan 15:44

21 Jan 15:43

PP: Did Mr Smith ever question the use of Mr Seopela as a middleman to deliver the cash?

AA: Yes, he grew uncomfortable. During 2015, 2016. @CowansView


21 Jan 15:42
I would take a newspaper with me (to pay him money), says Agrizzi

21 Jan 15:38

21 Jan 15:38

Agrizzi confirms that the bribes were not discussed at the 2011 meeting, but merely confirmed.

MPs. Bribed.

I just can't deal with this, this makes me furious. @CowansView


21 Jan 15:37
Agrizzi says he wasn't part of the negotiations so doesn't know why the MPs were paid different amounts

21 Jan 15:36

Payments were as follows:

Vincent Smith - R45 000

Vincent Magagula - R30 000

Winnie Ngwenya - R20 000

Even in bribes, you will notice, the lady MP received less than the men. @CowansView


21 Jan 15:35
Smith was paid R45 000 per month

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