Agrizzi: Bosasa paid over R4 million a month in bribes to secure contracts

Former chief operating officer at Bosasa, Angelo Agrizzi is continuing with his testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Agrizzi has been taking the commission through a video filmed on Bosasa's premises showing a vault where, allegedly, bribe money was kept.

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela says the vaults allegedly held millions of rands as well as confidential information of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and NPA's investigations in Bosasa.

According to Manyathela, it seems people working for the SIU and the NPA were providing Bosasa with information into the investigation to avoid arrests.

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

Agrizzi explained that all the money we are seeing was actually about to be sent out by some people who work for Bosasa to some of the senior government officials to bribe them in exchange for contracts and tenders.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He hasn't given the exact figure of the money in the vault but he says it's a lot of millions.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He told us that the company used to spend between R4 - R6 million a month, spending it on corruption and bribery... At some point, he said he used to deliver the money himself together with Johannes Gumede who is the chairman of Bosasa.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Agrizzi told the commission that the money in the vault was only earmarked for bribes, and was not to be used for company needs.

He says it was easy to use that money because it was laundered.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

I think we will soon get to a point where he will be explaining to the commission the kind of money laundering the company was involved in.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela says Agrizzi told the commission that they were not worried about the premises being raided because they had very close relationships with people in the ANC and government.

This is why they were able to have confidential information into investigations on Bosasa. They were able to know how it's going to be tracked and they were having conversations with the head of the institutions to make sure that those investigations don't get too far.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

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