- The testimony of Angelo Agrizzi took a very personal turn today when he admitted to being a racist
- The State Capture Inquiry heard a recording in which Agrizzi can be heard repeatedly using the K-word
- Agrizzi denied that his evidence before the inquiry is motivated by racism
The ex-COO at BOSASA, Angelo Agrizzi, admitted today before the state capture inquiry that he is a racist. Despite this, he maintains that his testimony is not motivated be racism.
The Zondo commission heard a sound recording of Agrizzi repeatedly using the K-word during a meeting. Agrizzi maintained that he was repentant:
I’m embarrassed of myself, I’m ashamed of myself for ever doing that... I am a racist. Judge me on that. I have admitted it and I am sorry.
In response to this, Paul Pretorius asked Agrizzi how he would respond to being accused of testifying because he was racially biased.
Agrizzi pleaded that the facts in his evidence should be considered:
My answer to that is that work off the facts please. I made a mistake, I shamed my family. I’m paying the price for it. I don’t see how somebody can say that I’m being racist when I’m pointing out the facts.
The two people I refer to using the K-word is Papa Leshabane and Joe Gumede. When people threaten you...you do stupid things. I’m not making excuses.
According to Agrizzi, CEO Gavin Watson's relatives were present at the meeting which took place in Agrizzi's home.
This meeting allegedly took place after Watson offered Agrizzi R50 million over five years and R250 000 a month to remain silent on the illicit nature of the company.
According to TimesLIVE, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo condemned the statements made by Agrizzi, saying:
What I have heard you say there is extremely offensive, totally unacceptable, but that does not mean that I will not examine your evidence. I will still examine your evidence and consider it properly.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that Agrizzi had testified that Pinky Khoabane was the only reporter to be named in full yesterday, when he disclosed the names of journalists who allegedly received bribes from BOSASA.
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