The former COO says the company knew the minister was ‘powerful’ enough to get them protection when they needed it.
Bosasa former chief operating officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday the company approached Nomvula Mokonyane because they thought she was “powerful” and needed her on their side. They said her proximity to former president Jacob Zuma ensured the company had protection at all times.
“We knew she was very close to the president at the time. Even further than that, if there were certain people that needed to be spoken to in the Hawks we knew that she would be able to do that and that is why it continued. She’s powerful and we had to get her on our side. She was like an Energizer bunny. If you needed things to be done, it would be done. If we had any issues, it would be sorted.”
#StateCaptureInquiry We are back. Agrizzi continues testimony.He first starts by clarifying that when they approached Nomvula Mokonyane, they thought she was powerful,that she was close to Zuma, says they called her “energizer Bunny”.He says they thought he could give protection
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Earlier Agrizzi told the commission that for years Bosasa paid Mokonyane R50,000. The company’s CEO, Gavin Watson, “would take money with him to see the minister”.
He said he packed the money which Watson “often would deliver in front of me”.
Agrizzi said the R50,000 was given to Mokonyane over a few occasions, adding that he could not recall the period of time but it was a long time over the years, which he said: “Never, ever stopped.”
Agrizzi said Watson was meeting Mokonyane a lot at the time, adding that the payments continued to be made to Mokonyane even after he left the company in 2016.
He said he came to know of the payments when he started packing the money around 2009.
“Chair, it was monthly, I wouldn’t deliver it, Mr Watson would deliver it because he used that time to talk about the politics of the day,” Agrizzi told the commission.
Agrizzi testified that among other many “ridiculous requests” received which he was expected to look after, even in the middle of the night, was one from his CEO, Gavin Watson, asking him to go Christmas shopping for then Gauteng MEC for safety and security Nomvula Mokonyane.
Agrizzi said he was asked to provide the minister with 120 cases of cold drinks, four cases of premium whisky, and 40 cases of mixed beer, among other things.
According to him, this was one of many similar requests for other important people, which he was expected to “personally attend” to.
The former COO also claimed that Bosasa funded food parcels on Mokonyane’s request for ANC rallies, as well as doing maintenance work, including a security upgrade, at Mokonyane’s house in 2002.
CHEATING SCANDAL!!! Akhona responds to Scoop Makhathini’s Twitter rant!
This is the thing about being betrayed by the one that you love dearly, you almost want to tell the whole world about that person’s not so good deeds. Such was the case with one of Mzansi’s most revered hip hop commentator and all round entertainer, Siyabonga Scoop Ngwekazi, who allegedly took to his Twitter page last night and vented about his girlfriend, Akhona Carpede – accusing her of cheating.
Twitter was lit after Scoop dragged Akhona as he posted a series of tweets expressing just how hurt he was by her actions. In one of the posted, he even included a photo of Akhona and the alleged guy that was regarded as a”Best friend” by her.
However, a few moments later Scoop then stated that his Twitter account was actually hacked, therefore his rant about his girlfriend is false. This move from Scoop left many Tweeps wondering if his account was truly hacked or there’s actually more to the story than meets the eye?
Well, earlier yesterday Akhona posted what seemed like a subtle jab surrounding her and Scoop currently. The general tone of her tweet have left many convinced that there was no hacking of accounts on Scoop’s end, as he had maintained after the frenzy last night.
Taking to Twitter, the following was posted by Akhona.
Be still Madlomo. No clapback or retort to your detractors is worth it. Be content to play the game that is being a strong, independent black women. Those that love me, I love you. Those that loathe me, I love you too.❤️ #Akhona pic.twitter.com/CL49VQxRg1
— acalaca (@MissAcalaca) April 17, 2019
It’s interesting how she mentioned the word “loath” in this tweet as that’s exactly what was tweeted by Scoop’s alleged hacker.
“YOU KNOW MY NUMBER!!! Zahara’s message to her fans
AFTER singer Zahara’s explosive accusations against her former record label bosses, the star has been inundated with bookings, but she says the bookings were still done via her old management with which she parted ways.
The star took to her Instagram account to clarify through a video post, that now bookings should be done via Oyama Dyosiba, who does publicity for her, as well as bookings.
The Loliwe hitmaker went on to thank her fans for their unwavering support after the revealing that TS records owes her millions of rands.
The star whose real name is Bulelwa Mtukutana went on to MoFlav’s show The Drive to dish out some dirt on how she was allegedly swindled out of millions of rands by TS records.
However, both Sbu and TK Nciza have denied that they owe her money and claim that they paid her all the money that was owed to her.
DJ Zinhle And Jessica Nkosi Break The Internet With Stunning Selfies
Such beauty in one pic is a rare thing. DJ Zinhle and Jessica Nkosi left many in awe of their looks as they took over Twitter.
They are part of a music video in which Zinhle is a beautiful bride.
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