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OVERVIEW: Bosasa spent between 'R4m and R6m a month' in cash bribes - Agrizzi at #StateCaptureInquiry

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Angelo Agrizzi, the former chief operations officer of the controversial Bosasa group of companies is at the state capture inquiry. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)
Angelo Agrizzi, the former chief operations officer of the controversial Bosasa group of companies is at the state capture inquiry. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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16 Jan 2019

AA: I can recall packing and delivering the cash to some of these individuals.

16 Jan 2019

PP: Was this once off?

AA: No, it was a regular event. It continued until I left. (Monthly cash payments).

The payments to ACSA officials were on a monthly basis, Agrizzi tells Zondo. 

16 Jan 2019

AA: I later started arranging payments, which confirmed earlier suspicions that the ACSA officials were getting cash. 

16 Jan 2019

PP: Money was not always visible? AA: Yes, the way it was packed you could see it was cash. I had also received one of those bags (on a monthly basis) I knew what was in those bags.

16 Jan 2019

AA: Grey plastic bags were handed to these and other officials at ACSA. The plastic bags were security bags, tamper proof seals - in this case, not translucent. Cash would be packed in those bags and given to people. 

16 Jan 2019

Agrizzi says he was told by Watson that they should get ready because the tender would be awarded to them. 

16 Jan 2019

Number next, Airports Company of South Africa tender to guard the multi-story parkade at OR Tambo International. 

He says they were awarded a tender for guarding the multi-story parkade at OR Tambo international airport. He says he was responsible for the submission of the tender. 

16 Jan 2019

PP: Did Siviwe Mapisa held shares in a company, if i recall correctly, Vulisango, belonging to Gavin Watson's brother, Valence. 

AA: Gavin Watson - said he (Watson) was "looking after them". (He was paying them). 

PP: What happened after that?

AA: We went to the Dubai Trade show on security technology - I was looking at bringing new technology in for Bosasa. 

16 Jan 2019

PP: What happened with this contract?

AA: Bosasa held the contract from 99 to 2002. We unbundled Bosasa operations and sold off some of the contracts. 

The Sasol contract was sold to a company owned by Gregg Lacon-Allan - who had worked with Agrizzi at Molope foods. Earlier we heard that Agrizzi left Molope to join Bosasa.

16 Jan 2019

Simon Mofokeng would later become CEPPWAWU secretary general. 

The cost of the gifts to Mofokeng were written off in the Bosasa books as marketing costs, at an average of R15 000 a month. 

Agrizzi now talks about a tender awarded to Bosasa to provide security at SA post offices. He says he was responsible for the submission of the tender. 

Agrizzi says in relation to the tender being awarded, Watson mentioned Siviwe Mapisa and Mandla Manyatsi. He says Watson told him that he was paying them.  

16 Jan 2019

Agrizzi candidly details how Bosasa paid for "meats and cold drinks" on a monthly basis to Simon Mofokeng in exchange for his influence to get the Sasol catering tender. 

Agrizzi is straightforward - it was a bribe.

16 Jan 2019

AA: In the Sasol tender, Mr Mofokeng had an influence.

PP: Did Simon Mofokeng assist Gavin Watson or Bosasa in any other manner?

AA: No. 

16 Jan 2019

AA: I was requested to go to Sasol, meet with a certain person in procurement to ask if we could submit an updated cost structure. 

AA: This was accepted and Sasol eventually awarded the tender to Dyambu/Bosasa. 

AA: The procurement official was quite annoyed, they had been instructed by the higher authority to allow the change. 

16 Jan 2019

AA: I was asked to rectify the problems with the tender.

PP: What stage in the tender process identified the problems?

AA: The tender period had already lapsed.

Agrizzi agrees it was improper. 

16 Jan 2019

AA: We had a massive growth spurt from 2001. This includes contracts with various other mines, as well as Sasol and the South African Post Office. Facilities management contracts with Harmony Gold and more. 

AA: The contract to guard Post Offices evolved to pension payout points at branches in Gauteng. 

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