Report: BOSASA still not blacklisted on database for state suppliers

Report: BOSASA still not blacklisted on database for state suppliers

- National Treasury has reportedly failed to blacklist the infamous BOSASA group

-The Department of Correctional Services had advised the state months ago to prevent the group from doing any further business with the government

- This move would see ties cut with the tainted company which managed to secure billions from the state

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African Global Operations, formerly BOSASA, has not been blacklisted at the National Treasury.

TimesLIVE reports that the disgraced company is still included in the South African government's central supplier database.

The Department of Correctional Services had recommended earlier in the year that BOSASA should be stripped from the database and barred from doing further business.

R12 billion worth of questionable tenders were handed over by the state over the course of 15 years, with the majority of work done for correctional services.

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The department's spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says that it has since cut off the company:

"Provision of nutritional services contract by [the company] at seven correctional facilities was terminated in March 2019 following an announcement by two major banks, FNB and Absa, indicating that they would be closing down the company's banking accounts."

Briefly.co.za reported that BOSASA CEO Gavin Watson had passed away under suspicious circumstances on his way to OR Tambo International Airport.

With the notorious boss on the verge of responding to allegations including bribery, corruption and money laundering Watson's death has posed as a major set back for investigations.

Former COO Angelo Agrizzi blew the whistle on a web of criminal activity, claiming that influential politicians had been bribed by Watson in exchange for lucrative contracts.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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