State Capture Inquiry

Bosasa's Angelo Agrizzi's shocking evidence at state capture commission

Former chief operating officer at Bosasa, Angelo Agrizzi testified at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Wednesday.

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela says Agrizzi's appearance at the commission was kept secret until Wednesday morning when the commission resumed after a long break.

He says security factors were stated as one of the reasons why his appearance was kept a secret.

The reasons why they kept all these under wraps is because of issues of security. We heard about how many people have prevented him from coming to expose the corruption in any form, particularly at the state capture commission.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

The commission says it kept his appearance a secret just to make sure there are no risks to his life.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela says so far Agrizzi has gone through the history of his employment at Bosasa.

He is also expected to reveal audio recordings of the corruption activities that had been happening at the company in which he also implicates himself in some of the dealings.

He says he has audio recordings, photographs and confidential files about Bosasa.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He says in 2016 he met with former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni and CEO of Bosasa Gavin Watson and they were given confidential NPA files by Myeni at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela says the commission's legal team has confirmed that the Dudu Myeni was indeed staying at the hotel at the time stated by Agrizzi.

Agrizzi told the commission that the reason he is coming out now exposing corruption at Bosasa is because he had a near-death experience. He says he had a tumour and was in a coma, and when he came out he told his family that he wanted to tell the truth and rectify all the mistakes.

He really decided with his family that he is going to come out and rectify all the mistakes that he was part of when he was still with Bosasa.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He is also calling on other people with information on Bosasa to come out.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Although Agrizzi's testimony was investigated, the people implicated when not notified as per the commission's rules, says Manyathela.

The reasoning the commission gave was exactly around the issue of security because of the kind of death threats Agrizzi had received from last year.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

But as soon as he took a stand they started making calls to those people he is implicating even sending them the affidavits.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

News24 editor Adriaan Basson says he started reported on Bosasa in 2006 when he noticed a company that came out of nowhere getting multi-million rands tenders.

Basson says Agrizzi was a central player in Bosasa's state capture exercise.

For a long time state capture was only identified with the Gupta family but of course, it is not true.

Adriaan Basson, News24 Editor

The most outrageous form of state capture is making sure that you cannot be prosecuted or arrested for infiltrating those state institutions.

Adriaan Basson, News24 Editor

To hear the rest of the interviews on state capture commission, listen below:


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