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#StateCapture proceedings halted over security concerns around Agrizzi

Angelo Agrizzi raised security issues revealing that he spotted a former police officer who worked with him at the facilities company inside the premises of the commission with an expired police badge.

Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi giving his testimony at the commission of inquiry into state capture on 17 January 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

PARKTOWN - Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has been forced to stop proceedings at the state capture commission on Thursday afternoon owing to security concerns around Angelo Agrizzi.

The former Bosasa executive raised security issues on Thursday morning, revealing that he spotted a former police officer who worked with him at the facilities company inside the premises of the commission with an expired police badge.

The commission was meant to resume at 2pm after lunch.

Earlier, Agrizzi played a video which shows the company’s chief financial officer removing a stash of money from one of the vaults and taking it to the company’s CEO Gavin Watson’s office to be distributed.

WATCH: #StateCapture: What Angelo Agrizzi has revealed so far

Agrizzi had raised issues around his security earlier on Thursday and Zondo explained that his safety is paramount.

“There was a security situation in the building connected with the hearing that needed to be considered and it is necessary that measures be taken to that those who come to this hearing are safe.”

Earlier Agrizzi told the commission that every contract Bosasa had with government was tainted by bribery and corruption.

Bosasa, now known as African Global Investments, is believed to have received over R10 billion in government contracts.

Agrizzi says to his knowledge none of them were awarded legitimately

“I can’t count every contract right now but every single contract was tainted... was bribed in corruption.”

He says Bosasa paid bribes to government officials to keep the contracts: “Once they were awarded, then corruption crept in because somebody would have to be looked after.”

Agrizzi has revealed that millions of rand were kept in a vault on the company’s premises and were set aside solely for bribery and corruption. He says all that money was laundered.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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