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Makhosandile Zulu
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22 Jan 2019
12:03 pm

Zondo appoints acting secretary of the commission

Makhosandile Zulu

The chair says the appointment of the acting secretary may be terminated earlier if the investigation is finalised sooner.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo during a media briefing in which members of the Commission of Enquiry into Allegations of State Capture were introduced to the media at the offices of the Chief Justice in Midrand on 7 March 2018. Picture: Neil McCartney

The chairperson of the commission of inquiry into state capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has appointed Peter Pedlar as the commission’s acting secretary after Dr Khotso De Wee took special leave from the position.

De Wee went on special leave last week pending the commission’s investigation into allegations that he was paid by Bosasa.

The company’s former COO Angelo Agrizzi told the commission on Monday that De Wee had allegedly been part of a group that Bosasa bribed in respect of a 2013 tender at the department of justice and constitutional development during a time when he served as COO at the department.

Agrizzi said 2.5% of all payments received from the department of justice and constitutional development in respect of the 2013 tender was handed to a politically connected consultant, Sesinyi Seopela, for distribution to officials, and amounted to R15 million, with De Wee among the beneficiaries included.

In a statement issued by Zondo in the wake of appointing an acting secretary for the commission, the chair said Pedlar’s term would run for the period January 22 to February 28.

“Should the investigation into the allegation made against Dr De Wee be finalised earlier than 28 February 2019, Mr Pedlar’s acting appointment may be terminated earlier,” Zondo said in the statement.

Pedlar is an accountant with a “long history of Corporate Governance” and was one of the first South Africans who became a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), his CV states.

“He also contributed to the writing of the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of SOEs [state owned entities], which was first published in 2005.”

Pedlar has worked in the private, parastatal, and public spheres in the manufacturing, IT, financial services and research sectors, with over 20 years of experience as CFO, COO and acting and deputy CEO.

According to his CV, he has a Masters in Management of ICT (Policy and Regulation) with the Wits Business School, which is incomplete, and other certificates and qualifications.

Agrizzi’s testimony continues:

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