Wednesday , June 16 2021

State Capture Survey: CEO of Bosasa emerges as the "chief of bribes", "corruption"

Bosasa's CEO, Gavin Watson, emerged as the absolute head of the Bosasa empire of bribes, intimidation and cash money in the state commission of inquiry into capture in Johannesburg.

During the second day of testimony by former Bosasa president Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday, a video clip was presented as evidence and destroyed the secret operation of the world of Bosasa.

In it, Watson could be seen counting money and telling an employee to whom he should make monthly payments.

Asked why the official took the video, which was apparently recorded in 2017, Agrizzi said that "people would be discarded."

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"If you knew too much, people would be discarded.I know because I used to do some of the things discarded.If you served your purpose and started to raise the voice that I do not want to do it anymore," then you would be easily finished. "

"We live in an environment where it was very dangerous," Agrizzi said.

He added that if a person does not do what is said or questioned, it will become "problem."

"And the problems would have to come out and have their wages cut off. We were constantly told that we were white men and would not find jobs anywhere," Agrizzi said.

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In the music video, CFO Andries van Tonder could be seen moving a cash box from one safe to another. The video showed Watson counting piles of money, reaching R1m.

Agrizzi explained the money-handling system that was used for "bribes" at Bosasa's headquarters.

He said he started by handing the money to the headquarters, packing it and reconciling it in a safe. The money would then be counted and this would be followed by a notice from the director that the money was ready for the intended recipient.

Agrizzi told the chairman of the inquiry, Supreme Court Vice President Raymond Zondo, that any contract Bosasa received was "tainted with bribery and corruption."

He said that once contracts were awarded to the company, "someone would have to be taken care of."

Zondo asked if he had ever seen the suitcases carrying nothing but bribe money while working in Bosasa, Agrizzi said, "President, I can confirm this."

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The former chief of operations, who is currently reporting corruption, told Zondo that, in the early years, money was withdrawn from banks, but that has become "too much."

He said that he also received money and did what he wanted.

"It was not reflected in the books, it was what I was given just to keep you happy."

The head of the commission's legal team, Paul Pretorius, asked Agrizzi why top management also received money.

"That kind of buys loyalty You feel important You're caught up in a cult It's a trap Bribery is a trap You raise your standard of living, you create everything on this bar and you soon start to claim it's taken from you "said Agrizzi.

"You do not fool anyone through life when you pay once because they take their money and they will do something else, but once you start paying bribes on a monthly basis, you will control them 100 percent while they are there."

The hearing continues on Friday.

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