Angelo Agrizzi has revealed that BOSASA paid NPA officials to prevent prosecution against the company. During his testimony at the Zondo Commission he revealed NPA insiders received monthly payments from the company.
The commission of inquiry into state capture heard today that senior National Prosecuting Authority officials received bribes from BOSASA to halt prosecution for corruption.
Ex-COO at BOSASA, Angelo Agrizzi told the commission that probes had followed a controversial Special Investigating Unit report on corruption in the correctional services department.
Agrizzi elaborated that Nomgcobo Jiba, Lawrence Mrewbi and Jackie Lapinka ( Jiba's PA) had received monthly payments from Linda Mti, former correctional services commissioner.
According to EWN, Mti gave Jiba and Mrwebi code names so they wouldn't be compromised. Agrizzi said:
"He called Nomgcoba Jiba 'Snake' because she was very alert and poised to strike and she was poison. Lawrence Mrwebi he called 'Snail', because he was slow, very lethargic and wouldn't get anything done."
The former COO alleged that the NPA officials received the following amounts monthly:
- Nomgcobo Jiba - R100 000
- Jackie Lapinka- R20 000
- Lawrence Mrewbi- R10 000
According to Agrizzi, Mti had drafted a list of correctional services employees that were to be paid out. He revealed this list to the inquiry:
"He suggested we needed to pay, sort out, individuals within the NPA so we could curry favour, there was a lot of documentation that came from Mr Mti. He told us we needed to make up packages for various people, it needed to be done urgently,"
According to Agrizzi's testimony the following correctional services employees, including Zach Modise, received bribes on a monthly basis:
- Josiah Maako - R15,000
- Maria Mabena - R10,000
- Shishi Mathabela - R10,000
- * Mkhabela - R10,000 ( first name unknown)
- Dikeledi Tshabalala - R15,000
- Zach Modise - R20,000
- Mollot Ngubo - R15,000.
According to Agrizzi, he would regularly meet with CEO Gavin Watson to discuss a list of correctional services officials to bribe following Mti's resignation.
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