- Mikey Schultz, self-professed hitman and security boss, has insisted that he had not worked for BOSASA or CEO Gavin Watson
- This follows Angelo Agrizzi’s testimony implicating Schultz in the scandal surrounding the company.
- Schultz claims Agrizzi had asked him to ‘seriously assault’ Gavin Watson to ensure the CEO paid outstanding debt
Mikey Schultz, self-confessed hitman and security boss, has denied allegations that he had ever worked for BOSASA or CEO Gavin Watson.
Schultz claims that he has never met the Watsons and isn’t interested in involving himself in the situation.
With an allegation of his own, Schultz claims that Angelo Agrizzi had asked him to assault Watson in order to collect debt from him.
According to Paul Pretorius, Angelo’s lawyer, Agrizzi had been receiving threatening phone calls prior to giving evidence at the inquiry:
"There's evidence of an interaction with a private security person hired by Bosasa to protect its interests involving amongst others Mikey Schultz, who is well known in circles in Johannesburg and South Africa,"
In April 2018, Schultz had deposed an affidavit of his own, stating that Agrizzi had attempted to hire him. The affidavit says that in March of the same year a friend had approached him saying that ‘a certain Angelo Agrizzi wanted me to intimidate Gavin Watson’ to soften Watson up and ‘ensure Gavin pays Angelo R10 million that was owed’.
According to the affidavit, Schultz had declined the offer saying that he was "not interested in getting involved with illegal transactions to intimidate people to pay others".
In April 2018 Agrizzi had allegedly requested a meeting, which Schultz had agreed to, despite having rejected him previously:
"While everyone was talking, Angelo started speaking to me privately. I mentioned to Angelo during this general discussion that I have a non-profitable orphanage in the East Rand. Angelo started explaining that he wanted me to intimidate or arrange that a certain Gavin Watson is seriously assaulted, as this would ensure that Gavin pays Angelo an amount of R10m that was due to Angelo as part of some sort of agreement."
"Angelo offered me 20% (R2-million) of the R10-million as payment upfront. Angelo went further and told me that he has several other business ventures where he will include me going forward if I agreed to his request. I told Angelo that I was not willing to get involved with any illegal transactions, specifically not to seriously assault or arrange that a person that I have never met is assaulted, that he can get R10-million. I also asked him not use my name again and not to contact me again."
Schultz is apparently ‘pissed off’ that Agrizzi has manipulated the nature of the meeting for his benefit, saying he had witnesses.
Schultz firmly denying ever having met the Watsons except for a brief encounter at a school. Agrizzi agrees with him on this point, detailing a 15-minute meeting in his complaint to the Hawks about threats to his life.
He says they had a cordial meeting, going on to say that:
"I noted in fact innuendoes were created by Gavin Watson, Joe Gumede, Louis Passano and Andries de Jager. It was evident that in fact Mikey Schultz was not fully versed with the situation and in my opinion did not want to get involved,"
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