Today the State Capture Inquiry heard how BOSASA CEO, Gavin Watson, committed to monthly payments to Dudu Myeni (former SAA chair) to the tune of R300 000. According to Angelo Agrizzi, Watson had hoped the bribe would buy him favour with the president at the time, Jacob Zuma.
Today the Zondo Commission heard how R300 000 in cash was lovingly delivered by Gavin Watson to former SAA chair, Dudu Myeni, in a Louis Vuitton bag.
Angelo Agrizzi continued his enthralling testimony at the State Capture Inquiry, this time implicating Myeni in receiving a large sum of money in what he assumes was a monthly arrangement.
Agrizzi said it was his understanding that the bribe would buy BOSASA favour with the president at the time, Jacob Zuma, through the Jacob G Zuma Foundation, which Myeni had chaired.
According to eNCA, Myeni had denied the allegation, saying that:
I have never had a meeting at Bosasa offices with Gavin, we went as a delegation to see their prawn plant, it was an official visit.
Myeni also claimed that Agrizzi was fabricating his testimony and that his 'greed is worrisome' as well as labelling him a 'racist, bitter man.'
Agrizzi detailed how Watson had approached him, asking how he could impress Myeni and that the CEO had consulted with Agrizzi's wife, who suggested a luxury handbag was the way to go.
Agrizzi said this had done the trick, claiming Myeni had thanked him personally for it after it had been delivered to her.
The former COO explained that he had personally seen R300 000 being placed in the bag. He told the inquiry that Myeni had been 'over the moon' with the gift, although he could not remember what was said about the funds.
Agrizzi went on to explain how Myeni had requested high-end functions for Zuma as well as security at her home.
Agrizzi said that her requests were carried out without question due to the fact that 'she was very, very important, she could swing deals, she was powerful.'
Part of Agrizzi's statement includes a letter dated April 2016, allegedly sent to BOSASA by the ex-president's foundation, thanking the company for a birthday party BOSASA had arranged for Zuma.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Agrizzi also revealed the names of journalists he alleges smoothed the way forward for BOSASA by either writing positive stories or warning the company when negative articles were in production.
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