Angelo Agrizzi, a former COO officer of BOSASA, recently revealed that the controversial company paid between R4 million to R6 million in bribes. Detailing the extent of the corruption at the company, Agrizzi claimed they would use their influence to secure tenders.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the shocking revelation was part of Agrizzi’s testimony before the commission of inquiry into state capture yesterday.
Agrizzi had told the commission how BOSASA CEO Gavin Watson had kept ‘bribe money’ in a safe in his office. Agrizzi revealed it was his duty to keep note of this and he would use a little black book to track the cash.
In response to this allegation, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had said to Agrizzi:
"It is unlikely that 'Gavin's safe' was used for bribery,"
Many South Africans took to social media to voice their opinions on the matter:
Agrizzi says Watson called the money in the safe 'monopoly money'
Agrizzi replied that Watson had referred to the fund as ‘monopoly money’, further saying:
"Yes, I know some of that cash was used for people's bonuses."
When questioned further about the nature of the bribes, Agrizzi revealed that the lowest amount had been R5 000 and the highest had been R1 million.
The tenders awarded to Bosasa by state owned enterprises
Agrizzi also spoke of tenders BOSASA had been awarded by Sasol, the South African Post Office and Airports Company South Africa.
Concerning the Sasol catering tender, Agrizzi claims Watson had met with Simon Mofokeng ( head of the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union) and had arranged for him to put Sasol under pressure to ensure Dyambu Operations ( now BOSASA) would be awarded the tender.
Agrizzi claimed that following BOSASA winning the tender, he had arranged for Mofokeng to receive goods, such as ‘cold drinks and meat’ on a regular basis.
The former BOSASA boss also admitted that he had been responsible for the submission of a tender for security services at post offices, which the company had won.
Agrizzi told the commission how Watson had issued instructions to engage in preparations to implement to contract before the tender had even been awarded.
Agrizzi claims that Watson had mentioned two individuals, Siviwe Mapisa ( head of security at SAPO) and Mandla Manyatsi ( CEO of SAPO). He claims Watson had mentioned he was ‘sorting them out’.
He claimed the two SAPO bosses had enjoyed luxury gifts such as expensive pens and cufflinks.
Agrizzi then spoke of the BOSASA tender to handle the sizable parkade at OR Tambo International Airport. ACSA was the entity in charge of security at the airport.
Grey plastic bags handed too officials:
Agrizzi spoke of how Watson would accompany Joe Gumede ( director at BOSASA) on official business, saying:
"Grey plastic bags were handed to these and other officials at ACSA. The plastic bags were security bags, tamper-proof seals - in this case, not translucent. Cash would be packed in those bags and given to people,"
"I later started arranging payments, which confirmed earlier suspicions that the ACSA officials were getting cash. I had also received one of those bags (on a monthly basis) I knew what was in those bags."
Why is Agrizzi testifying now?
Agrizzi explained to the commission that he was testifying now because:
"You become so engrossed with what is happening that you start believing that was is happening is right. I was blunt, I kept quiet and I should have exposed those illegal activities from day one.
He added that after a near-death experience where he had been in a come, he decided to confess:
"When I came out of the coma, myself and my family made a conscious decision that we would clean up where we had made mistakes before."
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