The latest claim to come from the roller coaster testimony of Angelo Agrizzi at the state capture inquiry is how BOSASA paid for the catering at ANC rallies, including a cake for former president Jacob Zuma's 72nd birthday.
Ex-COO at BOSASA, Angelo Agrizzi, testified today before the Zondo commission. Continuing his bombshell allegations, Agrizzi claims that the company had fit the bill for numerous ANC rallies in Gauteng.
Agrizzi claims BOSASA paid for the rallies at the insistence of Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.
These rallies included the Siyanqoba rallies which are held ahead of elections. Agrizzi claims Mokonyane made these requests through Gavin Watson, CEO at BOSASA.
Answering questions at the inquiry, Agrizzi clarified that:
“There were rallies where we would have to cater for 40,000 or 50,000 people... We would get ridiculous requests saying we would need to cater for supporters - ten thousand at a time,”
The 'ridiculous requests' Agrizzi would receive from the minister, would include catering for birthday parties. One of these included a party for ex-president Jacob Zuma's 72nd birthday.
Angelo Agrizzi claims that he designed the cake himself, adding BOSASA's logo to the design.
Another request Agrizzi claims to have entertained was a list of Christmas groceries for Mokonyane every year since 2002. Apparently, the minister would send through a list including cases of expensive liquor and kilos of meat.
Agrizzi claims that Mokonyane and BOSASA was so closely knit that the minister's daughter would be able to request specific vehicles from a rental company at the company's expense.
"There were numerous requests given through the year (between 2002 and 2003). These included organising and paying for funerals in respect of deceased family members, rental vehicles for two to three months at time for her daughter, and numerous catering for rallies on her instruction,”
According to Agrizzi he sat Mokonyane's daughter down and offered her driver training after numerous crashes:
"Her daughter would call me up and request specifically an Audi A3 cabriolet… I called her in one day and sat her down and asked her if I could arrange driver training for her,"
The seemingly endless list of favors BOSASA did for the minister also included repairs to the minister's Roodepoort home, which he gave the commission a detailed description of.
Mokonyane's spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase, responded to an article released ahead of Agrizzi's testimony, saying:
“Minister Mokonyane believes it would be impolitic to pay the slightest attention to the allegations that have been published by the Sunday Times. These allegations have not been presented to the commission under testimony or oath, and neither has the minister been made aware that there’s an affidavit that implicates her in any wrongdoing.”
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