ANC decides not to cross-examine Agrizzi over state capture claims

ANC decides not to cross-examine Agrizzi over state capture claims

- The ANC says it will not cross-examine Angelo Agrizzi

- Instead, the party will challenge his evidence in a written submission

- Some legal experts, however, say the party's decision not to cross-examine may give the public the perception that the party has no way of answering to Agrizzi's corruption claims

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The ANC has reportedly decided not to cross-examine Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi.

Agrizzi was among those who had testified before the Zondo Commission and implicated several leading ANC officials in state capture.

This comes after the ANC admitted that the corruption allegations against many of its members had damaged its election campaign.

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Dakota Legoete, the ANC's spokesperson, said the party had not asked the Zondo Commission for the right to cross-examine Agrizzi concerning his claim that Bosasa paid R12 million to members of the ANC's top six.

Legoete says this is because Agrizzi said the Bosasa payouts were donations, not bribes, according to The Herald.

Additionally, several party members implicated by Agrizzi in corruption had previously said they would cross-examine him. This list includes Nomvula Mokonyane and Vincent Smith, among others.

However, none of them has yet cross-examined the Bosasa COO.

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This means that the ANC will not be challenging Agrizzi's evidence. As a result, some legal experts say that the Zondo Commission will then be forced to accept Agrizzi's version of events as the truth. 

The ANC, however, says it will challenge Agrizzi's claims in its submission to the commission, rather than through-cross-examination, has gathered.

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In a public statement, Legoete referred to Agrizzi as a "self-confessed racist" and added that the ANC would be forced to defend itself as the elections were on the horizon.

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