Agrizzi and Co agree to corruption court date
Testimony of fraud, corruption and collusion that Bosasa’s former chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi delivered at the State Capture Inquiry last year will soon be tested in court, according to TimesLIVE.
Agrizzi, the whistle-blower who highlighted alleged corruption leading to Bosasa securing lucrative government tenders for years on end, appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria yesterday.
He was joined by former Correctional Services Commissioner Linda Mti, former CFO of Correctional Services Patrick Gillingham, and Bosasa’s former CFO Andries van Tonder, said the NPA's investigating directorate. The four face charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, corruption and money laundering.
‘The matter relates to four tenders awarded to Bosasa Operations and its subsidiaries valued at more than R1.8bn from August 2004 to 2007. Contracts for the rendering of catering and training services, installation of CCTV cameras, installing of perimeter fencing, supply of television systems and monitoring equipment,’ said directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala.
Their trial was set down for 16 October. The accused are out on R20 000 bail and have surrendered their passports.
Head of the investigating directorate, Advocate Hermione Cronje, said that while these four were currently the only ones charged with the tender scandal, more arrests could be made as widespread corruption had played out in the awarding of the tenders.
‘This prosecution deals with the early days of corruption perpetrated by Bosasa. The company and its subsidiaries and affiliates went on to secure in excess of R34bn in government contracts from a range of government departments at all levels of government, even after the corruption in these four initial tenders was laid bare in 2010,’ Cronje was quoted as saying.
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