State Capture Inquiry

Agrizzi admits to being a racist

Former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi has continued giving testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into Stae Capture.

An audio recording that was leaked to the press last year was played at the inquiry on Tuesday.

The state capture commission was set to play a recording of Agrizzi using racial slurs such as the K-word and other offensive language at a meeting in his home.

This occurred at a meeting he had with the Watsons and an attorney on 22 August 2018 in his house. "Myself, Jarrod, Lindsay and Roth Watson were present," he said.

The Watsons left after 1am on the morning of the 23. They came back the next day at 10am for a further meeting.

Agrizzi says he had been preparing the tender and had about 3 hours sleep.

He says the meeting was in response to him wanting to expose the wrongdoings at the company and he knows they set him up.

Agrizzi claims to have known that they were recording him.

They were coming there to set me up. In my gut, I knew it."

Angelo Agrizzi, Zondo Commission testimony

Agrizzi claims the Watsons were playing games with him and tells the commission "I might look stupid, but I'm not that stupid... they were trying to tire me out."

We were discussing the world, and religious issues and that. We went into the TV room, which is where I relax...They showed me a video, I showed them a video Gavin had sent me

Angelo Agrizzi, Zondo Commission testimony

He says he was exhausted and stressed though admits this is no excuse for the racist language he used.

Before the recording was played in court, Agrizzi suggested the commission play the entire 3-hour recording for context.

I'm embarrassed of myself, I'm ashamed of myself for ever doing that. Please, understand the context - no sleep, I was beside myself, and I'm not gonna make excuses. You can even hear me slur.

Angelo Agrizzi, Zondo Commission testimony

Once again chair, I am a racist, I agree. Judge me on that... It's fine. You can play it.

Angelo Agrizzi, Zondo Commission testimony

Agrizzi argued it was in the privacy of his home. Zondo interrupted saying "I don't know if it makes any difference whether it was in your own home."

Agrizzi agreed there is no excuse for what happened.

Zondo tells Agrizzi that though what he said was offensive and unacceptable, he will still examine Agrizzi's evidence.

Watch the video of the interaction at the commission below:


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