- Angelo Agrizzi told the Zondo Commision that Bosasa paid off several journalists
- However, he did not identify any specific journalists or publications
- He made the revelation while telling the Commission how he and Gavin Watson would bribe government officials for tenders
Angelo Agrizzi has claimed that Bosasa bribed journalists in exchange for producing positive articles about the company.
He made the revelation at the Zondo Commission, where he as provided explosive testimony for several days.
Agrizzi, the former Bosasa COO, did not identify any specific journalists or news outlets, however.
This is the latest in a series of allegations Agrizzi has made before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Previously, he implicated several high-ranking government officials in corruption, including Nomvula Mokonyane, several members of parliament and Jacob Zuma.
Agrizzi has explained that Bosasa used bribery to secure several lucrative tenders from the Department of Correctional Services, in particular. These includes contracts to build fences, install TV systems and provide surveillance technology. The shady tenders cost the taxpayer over R700 million, according to Agrizzi.
He added that in order to maintain these contracts, Bosasa would provide several government officials with monthly bribes, which ranged from R10 000 to R20 000 a month.
Agrizzi says that part of his role in the shady dealings was to put liase with government departments and put together lists of the officials responsible for the tenders. Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson would then decide which officials would be paid off. These bribes were reportedly handed over in grey security bags stuffed with cash.
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