OVERVIEW: #StateCaptureInquiry hears testimony from threatened journalist, commission investigators, Bosasa contractor

2019-02-05 13:00

The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture has heard testimony from Adriaan Basson, one of the first journalists to expose Bosasa, as well as the commission's investigators and a contractor who had cash dealings with Bosasa.

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

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05 Feb 13:17

Zondo thanks Mlambo for his work, and excuses him from the commission for now. 

Zondo and Pretorius discuss some procedural issues. 

The commission will not sit for the rest of the week, but will resume "next week", according to Zondo.

Zondo adjourns for the day.

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Mlambo confirms that the premises at one of the addresses pointed out by Le Roux was owned by Desmond Nair.

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Mlambo says he confirmed the ownership of the premises at the addresses he visited with Le Roux.

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Mlambo had dealings with Richard Le Roux, who had previously testified at the commission about Bosasa's "special projects" work.

05 Feb 12:58

Next witness up is Themba (TP) Mlambo. He is sworn in and confirms that the affidavit before him is indeed his and was signed by him.

Mlambo is also an investigator employed by the commission, and works alongside Dutton, delving into the Bosasa matter.

05 Feb 12:56

Dutton is thanked for his work and excused for now. 

05 Feb 12:55

Agrizzi's testimony at the commission is further confirmed by the forensic work of the lead investigator.

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The documents in the photographs handed in by Agrizzi as evidence appear to be confidential correspondence between the police and the NPA.

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Myeni's account at the hotel was only settled three years later, on 5 October 2018. She stayed in the hotel from 22 September 2015 and records show no further activity/transactions after 24 September 2015.

Dutton says that both the 6th and 7th floor are restricted areas. The area he inspected was on the 6th floor.

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The general manager of the Sheraton Hotel corroborated that Dudu Myeni was a guest at the hotel - she booked in on 22 September 2015.

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Dutton ascertained that the photographs were taken on the same hotel floor, as claimed by Agrizzi.

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Dutton managed to match the carpet pattern at the hotel to those in the photographs.

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Dutton refers to the carpet pattern repeatedly, in a number of the photographs.

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Dutton describes some of the photographs handed over to him by Agrizzi. 

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Dutton says the documents in the photographs shown to him by Agrizzi look like SAPS files. These photographs were taken during a meeting with Dudu Myeni at the Sheraton Hotel, according to Agrizzi.

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Dutton, the commission's lead investigator, is sworn in. It seems Pretorius will continue leading evidence.

05 Feb 12:23

The next witness - Frank Dutton - is seated, waiting for proceedings to resume after the break.

05 Feb 12:13

Lawrence is thanked for his testimony, and is excused for now. 

There is a short adjournment before the next witness is up. Back at 12:20.

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Lawrence says the email in question had purchase orders attached, and Pretorius reads through some of the purchase orders, detailing some of the items, described as foodstuffs.

Lawrence says he can't remember the name of the sender, but he printed out the attached documents.

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Lawrence says after he had stopped delivering the cash to Bosasa, he received an email. "I was surprised, cash deliveries had stopped for about a month." 

Lawrence says the email was sent to him by mistake. "I didn't have the time to look at it properly, it was obviously meant for Gregg Lacon-Allin."

Lawrence says after he had time to study the email, he approached Lacon-Allin about it and he explained to Lawrence that another cash delivery had taken place, but the cash deliveries were now at an end.

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A third video is now played as part of the evidence submitted by Lawrence. 

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