The South African Post Office (Sapo) is cooperating with the state capture commission of inquiry to get to the bottom of allegations of corruption and to make sure those fingered in the claims are prosecuted.
CEO Mark Barnes has responded to the allegations made by former chief operating officer at Bosasa, Angelo Agrizzi at the Zondo Commission.
Agrizzi implicated former Sapo chief executive Maanda Manyatshe as one of the executives who received expensive gifts from Bosasa and in return for contracts.
We cooperate completely with SIU and our own ethos drives us to prosecute.— Mark Barnes, Sapo CEO
Our culture does not permit this kind of thinking and that is the change that is required in the post office.— Mark Barnes, Sapo CEO
We have no exceptions to pursuing to the fullest ends of the law, that's our rule and everyone knows it.— Mark Barnes, Sapo CEO
Investigative journalist at News24, Kyle Cowan explained the history of Bosasa and how the company grew to what it is today.
He says it started as a company providing catering and facilities management to mining companies.
Agrizzi in his testimony says the company experienced growth spurts in the early 2000s and Cowan explains this as the time when the Bosasa started to bribe companies in order to secure contracts.
From there the company grew exponentially...— Kyle Cowan, investigative journalist at News24
The correctional services has really been Bosasa's biggest boon and biggest downfall, they made the biggest money out correctional services and that is the reason why we heard the name Bosasa in the headlines.— Kyle Cowan, investigative journalist at News24
They bribed the former commissioner and they were rewarded with multi-million [rand] contracts.— Kyle Cowan, investigative journalist at News24
To hear the rest of the history on Bosasa, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Bosasa's dirty laundry out in public and Sapo vows to cooperate