OVERVIEW: ANC hosted 'massive function' on Bosasa premises after 2014 elections, Vorster concludes testimony before #StateCaptureInquiry

2019-01-30 13:00

The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture has concluded the testimonies of two witnesses, former Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder and former Bosasa employee Frans Vorster.

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Former Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder

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30 Jan 16:58

Zondo releases Vorster, with the awareness statement that he may be called back.

We adjourn, the commission will resume tomorrow at 10:00. 

30 Jan 16:58

Mokonyane drove the process. Marquee was there for about 2 weeks, it was set up before elections so they were 100% sure they were going to win. Took about a week to remove from Bosasa premises afterwards. About 400 people in attendance.

Vorster not certain of amount of function, but says "it was a lot of money".

30 Jan 16:47

30 Jan 16:46
Paid for by Bosasa: Manning of lines for ANC, massive marquee tent set up, cutlery, crockery and food. 

30 Jan 16:45

30 Jan 16:44
In 2014, they prepared for ANC to run a call-centre for election campaigning from their facility. 

30 Jan 16:33

30 Jan 16:32

Would often have to drop everything when Mokonyane wanted something because of her influence relating to former president Zuma and Thabo Mbeki, Vorster was told.

"It was no secret to seniors," he adds.

30 Jan 16:30

30 Jan 16:26

He, however, remained employed, after apporoaching Agrizzi and he told him to "relax".

Adds that Watson would often belittle him, make fun of his weight by referring to him as "Fat Fransie" in front of people. 

30 Jan 16:22

Upon returning the vehicle, they noticed that the car was bumped, but "it wasn't that serious", Vorster says.

"I completed all the paperwork as if I was driving the vehicle."

Access fee was paid for by Bosasa. The amount was high for two months rental and access fee.

Agrizzi followed up on this, as he was upset, Agrizzi informed Watson, Watson then followed up and went off at Vorster over the phone and fired him.

"He was upset."

"'I got fired telephonically by Watson."

30 Jan 16:17
Knowing that previously she had bumped the vehicles Vorster insisted she be added as a second driver on the account. Says he was afraid that she would write off the vehicle. The hiring of the vehicle was only for Dec, it was extended until end of Jan.

30 Jan 16:15
End of Nov 2015, Gavin called Vorster, saying Mokonyane's daughter needed a vehicle to be arranged in Vorster's name. (Watson was upset with Agrizzi at that stage, he adds.) Blake's travel was called up, urgent Cabriolet was requested. Brian said he cannot get it, Vorster then suggested a small luxury vehicle to Watson instead. An Audi A3 was arranged from Bidvest rentals. Vorster picked it up and delivered it to the minister's house.

30 Jan 15:59
The same year, Vorsterhe was introduced to Kevin Wadeford.v Watson told him to  assist Wadeford in ordering wet and dry cement. 

30 Jan 15:57
In 2008, Vorster was transferred to logistics, his responsibility included looking after Bosasa vehicles. Agrizzi orchestrated the transfer.

30 Jan 15:55

Fraser halted SAPS transportation system. Vorster then solved this issue by approaching a few reservists.

Watson moved Vorster to a technical position where he didn't do much, convinced he was put here to resign. "Gavin was upset with me for that, and he wanted to get rid of me," says Vorster.

30 Jan 15:53
Upon Arthur Fraser's appointment as Home Affairs DG, he started questioning the budget and the use of police reservists at Lindela.

30 Jan 15:50
Bosasa charged the department per person at Lindela. 

30 Jan 15:49

Beginning of 2007: They provided assistance to SAPS to transport "illiegal" migrants to Lindela facility. Police didn't mind this as the assistance was welcomed.

There was enough beds for 5 000 migrants, extra matresses would be arranged for to accomodate a further 2 000 people. 

30 Jan 15:48
Watson approached Vorster saying that they needed to make more money, which was Vorster's responsibility at Lindela facility.

30 Jan 15:35
The dealership where the negotiation of a car for Mti took place contacted Vorster and told him SIU was present and started asking questions. Files containing Vorster's name at the dealership (which details his employment at Bosasa) was obtained and burnt.

30 Jan 15:30

30 Jan 15:28
Loan agreements were also signed. 

30 Jan 15:27
There was also a house built for Gillingham. Another house for Mti was built to stay in. 

30 Jan 15:26
Gillingham got 2 vehicles, his wife got a Golf, son got a Polo, daughter also received a vehicle.

30 Jan 15:18

Zondo: Whose idea was this?

Vorster: It was a decision taken by Gavin, Angelo, myself, the group at that stage.

30 Jan 15:17

A hearing was conducted to mislead inevstigators, including a written warning. This was to protect the company for when investigation took place, there would be evidence of a disciplinary process.

Zondo: All this was just fabrication?

Vorster: That's correct, it was a smoke screen, we just did the paperwork.

30 Jan 15:11
Only two members in that CC, Vorster and Gillingham, and used it to say they were partners so that he could tranfer vehicle to Gillingham.

30 Jan 15:05

30 Jan 15:04
2005: Watson called Vorster, told him Patrick needed to get hold of vehicle for his wife, he went ahead and negotiated a deal. After negotiation, Gillingham called for "extras" on vehicle. 

30 Jan 14:59
Gavin Watson's relationship with comissioner of Correctional Services, Mti, was "good", led to procurement of tenders. 

30 Jan 14:54

30 Jan 14:54
Gillingham was not CFO of DCS at the time, although he was project leader of the tender. He was provincial commissioner in DCS for three provinces including Gauteng.

30 Jan 14:52
Watson intended to provide catering services to Dep of correctional services. Watson urged Vorster to meet up with Gillingham. In 2004 a catering contract was awarded to them. 

30 Jan 14:48
Meetings with Gillingham were weekely, depended on how much information was needed. Around 2003. There was not cash involved in every meeting. 

30 Jan 14:46

Vorster's father had a relationship with Patrick Gillingham. Vorster also oversaw operations at the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

30 Jan 14:43

Now giving work history: Started as SAPS member until 1996, moved onto Dyambo Operations /Bosasa until 2017.

30 Jan 14:41

He is sworn in.

Says he is aware of legal implications, giving evidence freely and has not been promised any reward for giving evidence.

30 Jan 14:37

30 Jan 14:27

Van Tonder concludes testimony.

Zondo: "For now, I will release you."

Zondo thanks Van Tonder for coming forward.

Van Tonder: "Thank you for the opportunity to be here."

New witness to take the stand after 10 minute adjournment.

30 Jan 14:21
We resume. Now dealing with a prepared document dedicated to the SARS prawn plant investigation.

30 Jan 13:18

Pretorius indicates that he would still like to seek further clarity from Van Tonder on some issues, and as such would like to continue leading his evidence after the lunch break. 

Zondo calls for the lunch adjournment. Proceedings will resume at 14:15.

30 Jan 13:14

The questioning moves to Agrizzi's press statement in which he stated his intention to leave Bosasa and blow the whistle on the company's corrupt activities. 

Van Tonder says he received a call from Valence Watson, who wanted Van Tonder to try and persuade Agrizzi to change his mind. 

Van Tonder: "They were prepared to do anything to stop him." 

Van Tonder mentions an amount of R50-million that would've been used to buy Agrizzi's silence. 

30 Jan 13:05

30 Jan 12:58

Van Tonder mentions a holiday to Italy and France that Watson had taken him and Agrizzi on. Pretorius confirms with Van Tonder that is the same holiday to Paris that Agrizzi mentioned in his testimony. 

Van Tonder says while on holiday, Watson showed them a copy of the SIU report and boasted that his name did not appear in the report and he wasn't implicated.

Van Tonder: "After the contents of this report were discussed, it actually interfered with our holiday..." 

30 Jan 12:50

30 Jan 12:46

30 Jan 12:46

Van Tonder says he received a call from Gavin Watson to meet him at the Bosasa offices, and Agrizzi also received a call from Watson to meet at the offices. 

Watson says he "left everything, like always" to meet Watson. 

Van Tonder: "He (Watson) mentioned to me that we have to clean up all possible evidence that might incriminate himself or Bosasa, in terms of unlawful activities." 

Pretorius asks if Watson explained why? 

Van Tonder: "He said he received information that the Bosasa offices would be raided the next day." 

30 Jan 12:41

30 Jan 12:27

Van Tonder says Mansell continued receiving a $7 000 monthly payment from Bosasa since he left the country for the US. To Van Tonder's knowledge, this continued happening up until the point that Van Tonder left Bosasa.

Van Tonder says fake invoices were issued in return for Mansell's monthly payments, reflecting the payments as "consulting expenses".

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