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Makhosandile Zulu
2 minute read
28 Mar 2019
10:36 am

WATCH: Agrizzi’s life under threat, police tell state capture commission

Makhosandile Zulu

A threatening message has prompted additional security to be provided at the commission.

Angelo Agrizzi, the former operations head of the security firm once known as Bosasa, has given damning testimony about the bribes the company paid to South African ministers, elected officials and high-ranking officials of the ruling ANC party. AFP/File/WIKUS DE WET

A senior police officer informed the legal team of the commission of inquiry into state capture on Wednesday night that former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi’s life was under threat.

Agrizzi is back at the commission of inquiry into state capture today where he is expected to provide more Bosasa-related information on another MP and more state officials.

Evidence leader at the commission advocate Paul Pretorius said the message from the senior police officer prompted for additional security to be provided today.

It was further revealed that a note threatening Agrizzi saying he should not testify further on state capture but rather on Bosasa was left on his windscreen recently. The note is in isiZulu.

Agrizzi recently stated that he saw death in his future after his second testimony on Thursday.

The chairperson of the commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, raised concern about issues that have arisen and are in the public domain since Agrizzi last testified at the inquiry.

These issues include Agrizzi’s arrest in February alongside Bosasa and government officials.

They were arrested in February by the Hawks on allegations of corruption related to the facilities management company Bosasa.

They appeared in court on Wednesday where the trial was postponed pending the Bosasa liquidation appeal.

Zondo said he had asked that inquiries be made around these issues, saying he was assured that those matters that arose were not connected with the evidence Agrizzi gave at the commission and that he was assured the commission’s processes would be respected and that new NDPP Shamila Batohi knew nothing about these matters.

Zondo said he was, however, concerned that these matters may discourage other witnesses to come forward.

“It’s been a long road but we anticipated [it and] we are here to help,” Agrizzi said.

Zondo reiterated that those with information should come forward and assist the commission.

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