It’s been reported that former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi is saving his best state capture inquiry testimony until last. Jacob Zuma is next in the cross-hairs.
If you’ve been engrossed by the sheer theatre of Angelo Agrizzi’s testimony to the state capture inquiry this week, we’ve got news for you: The best is yet to come. It’s now been alleged that the witness’ full affidavit contains some jaw-dropping details about how Bosasa kept Jacob Zuma onside during his time as president.
Details of Bosasa’s alleged bribe payment to Jacob Zuma
As reported by the Sunday Times, company CEO Gavin Watson paid Zuma an eye-watering R300 000 a month to keep the NPA wolves away from their door. Watson himself has been accused of building an empire on bribes, and at one point was described as a man “who could make people disappear”.
It would be the second high-profile bribe Jacob Zuma has been accused of taking within a week after gangland kingpin Radovan Krejcir said he paid R2.5 million to Msholozi in exchange for political asylum.
According to Agrizzi’s bombshell testimony, the company used a “bribe vault” to store all their illicit cash that was used to keep politicians and business executives sweet, so they could secure tenders ahead of the competition.
Politicians, NPA chiefs next on Angelo Agrizzi’s hitlist
Their monthly retainer for Zuma was reportedly once handed over at the former president’s Nkandla homestead after Watson suspected his middle-woman in the deal – Dudu Myeni – was not paying JZ the full amount. In fact, ex-SAA executive Myeni looks likely to be implicated with a few other high-ranking government officials:
Dudu Myeni allegedly received a Louis Vuitton handbag and R300 000 in cash to curry Bosasa’s favour.
Environmental Minister Nomvula Mokonyane received annual Christmas gifts, groceries, and upgrades to her Roodepoort home.
Top NPA officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi were also bribed with monthly payments of R100 000 and R10 000 respectively. Both deny these allegations.
The scale of state capture
For the past few years, state capture has only really had one face – the Gupta brothers. They had become synonymous with government corruption, but Agrizzi’s testimony has brought a new dimension to the inquiry. It seems the scale of the wrongdoing is far greater than many of us had imagined before.
The Bosasa revelations show that many more big businesses and figures in the shadows have been gorging on the fruits of state-sponsored looting. Angelo Agrizzi will take the stand for a fourth day on Monday, where it’s expected he will delve into the details about his deals with Jacob Zuma. Bring it on…
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