- Angelo Agrizzi has held the nation enthralled with his testimony at the state capture inquiry
- The Zondo Commission recently heard a sound recording revealing the former COO as a blatant racist, something he admitted and repented for
- Nonetheless, South Africans are left wondering if there was any truth to it, or if it was all just racially motivated
The 9 day testimony of Angelo Agrizzi left South Africa shocked to the core and rubbed salt in the gapping wounds of our democracy.
The complex and interweaving tale of corruption, both at BOSASA and in our very own government was laid bare for the world to see.
The last day of his testimony saw him exposed as a self-confessed racist. The entire nation heard how he blatantly discriminated against colleagues based on the color of their skin.
The most pressing question now facing the nation is this: Was there any truth in Angelo Agrizzi's testimony?
The reality of the situation is this: only time will reveal the truth and the lies contained within Agrizzi's testimony.
One can never forget that he is testifying to these criminal activities at his former workplace, because he himself was once a large part of it.
The most plausible reason for him coming clean now is not that he had a change of heart, but rather that he knew it was only a matter of time before BOSASA was found out.
By testifying, as long as he can prove that he made every effort to cooperate and assist the investigation, he is most likely securing his own freedom. At the very least, he might receive a reduced sentence.
For this to work for the COO, he needs to have at least some semblance of truth to his allegations. He also has very little room for dishonesty, considering that his words are well documented and perjury is a punishable offence.
So in a strange, twisted and undesirable way the answer is yes. We can trust that there is some truth to what Agrizzi is saying. Without it, he loses the ace in his hand.
His racism will be dealt with and most likely before those he implicated in corruption are taken to task.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the South African Human Rights Council has announced their decision to hold Agrizzi accountable for his grossly offensive comments.
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