Investigative journalist at News 24 Kyle Cowan says action should have been taken at least four years ago in an initial probe into facilities company Bosasa and the Department of Correctional Services.
Angelo Agrizzi and four others appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Wednesday in connection with tender irregularities at Correctional Services following their arrest this week.
The SIU had investigated alleged corruption between the two entities in a report released in 2009 but no action was taken.
That SIU report was handed over to the NPA and the Hawks in 2010 already so what we see now, literally in the last three months, is a new prosecutor has been appointed and he is now taking action on this case which we should have seen action on in at least 2013 or 2014.— Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24
The SIU found very solid evidence of the improper relationship between certain officials at Bosasa and the correctional services commissioner Linda Mti and former former correctional services chief financial officer Patrick Gillingham.— Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24
Adriaan Basson has been following the story for more than a decade now and 12 years ago he wrote about the fact that there was this improper action and bribes were paid and we have been on tenterhooks wondering what is going on. The only thing we can explain now, thanks to the testimony of Angelo Agrizzi is that the reason that there hasn't been any action in this case is because more bribes were paid allegedly to NPA prosecutors.— Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24
When asked why ministers implicated in Agrizzi's testimony and Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson have not been charged, Cowan says the SIU only looked at the tenders and relationship between correctional services and the company between 2004 and 2006.
We need to understand that there has to be a process behind this, one cannot go from hearing testimony to arresting people the next day. We have to corroborate Mr Agrizzi's claims. The investigators have to go through that process.— Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24
Gavin Watson's day is coming but just not on this particular case right now.— Kyle Cowan, Investigative journalist - News 24
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