Former president Jacob Zuma’s foundation was paid R300 000 a month by Bosasa for years, allegedly in exchange for his influence to ensure that political leaders would open doors to new government contracts.
As the relationship with Zuma grew, Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson turned to Zuma to kill an ongoing corruption probe by National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials and the Hawks.
News24 has reliably learned that former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi will reveal this and more during his hair-raising testimony before the Zondo Commission of inquiry into state capture this coming week. Agrizzi will implicate Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and top prosecutors Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi as being entangled in Bosasa’s web of corruption.
So comfortable was Watson with Zuma that before a meeting with the former president in May 2015, he outlined how he planned to lobby Zuma to appoint a National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) that would shut down ongoing investigations.
Agrizzi secretly recorded the meeting and News24 obtained the audio clip in September last year.
Secretary of the state capture commission of inquiry and a senior official at the Department of Justice, Dr Khotso De Wee, has been put on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a 2013 Bosasa security tender. The allegations were contained
in an affidavit submitted to the commission by ex-COO Angelo Agrizzi.
Bosasa paid R1.1 million for former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s legal team to represent him at his disciplinary hearing.