- Dennis Bloem, who previously served as a member of parliament, says he can back up Agrizzi's claims
- Bloem wants to appear before the Zondo Commision and testify
- He claims that while chairing the Correctional Services Oversight Committee he was aware of several shady deals between the Department and Bosasa
Dennis Bloem, a former chair of the Correctional Services Oversight Committee in Parliament, says he can corroborate Angelo Agrizzi's claims about corruption and bribery within the Department of Correctional Services.
Bloem, a former ANC MP and now a spokesperson for COPE, wants to come before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in order to share his story.
He says that several of the Department's contracts with Bosasa were shady and that the committee tried to investigate them.
His claims come after COPE has called for government to end all its contracts with Bosasa and its subsidiaries.
Agrizzi, the former COO of Bosasa, made headlines last week after he implicated several ANC bigwigs, including Nomvula Mokonyane and Jacob Zuma, in a sprawling network of corruption and bribery, He alleges that numerous government officials accepted bribes in exchange for tenders and protecting Bosasa from prosecution.
Bloem says Agrizzi's claims Bosasa providing kickbacks in return for contracts is true. He also added that significant money laundering took place within the Department of Correctional Services. Additionally, Bloem accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of turning a blind eye to the allegations of wrongdoing.
"I will approach the Zondo commission to go and testify, to back up what Mr Angelo Aggrizzi has said because I was there. I was the chairperson for five years, and I know what Mr Aggrizzi is talking about," Bloem said.
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