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Secretary of state capture inquiry takes special leave over Bosasa allegations

The inquiry is investigating allegations that he received cash payments from Bosasa tender in 2013, where the company installed security systems at various courts.

A video screengrab of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

JOHANNESBURG - The state capture commission's secretary, Dr Khotso De Wee, has taken special leave from the inquiry after being implicated in dodgy dealings with Bosasa.

The inquiry is now investigating allegations that De Wee received cash payments from the company, now called African Global Group, over a 2013 tender through which the firm installed security systems at various courts.

Several officials have been implicated in corrupt relations with Bosasa. The company is believed to have over R10 billion worth of contracts with the government.

On Friday, former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi implicated the African National Congress (ANC) in his testimony, saying that the facilities company once laundered money for the party's electioneering in the North West.

Agrizzi says that the company had to launder money through youth centres in order to give the party cash.

Agrizzi says that to generate cash for electioneering, the North West Department of Social Development would pay Bosasa for non-existent work at youth centers across the province. It's understood the company would keep a little bit of that money and pay the rest to the provincial official who asked for the cash to fund electioneering.

Agrizzi initially didn’t want to say which political party was paid the laundered money.

Agrizzi has also implicated De Wee in his affidavit, claiming that De Wee was one of the senior officials of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services who was paid bribes by Bosasa for a tender.

The commission says De Wee has confirmed that he was a chief operating officer at the department but has denied ever receiving cash payments from the company.

The commission says while De Wee Has offered to go on special leave, it is investigating the allegations against him.

The commission says De Wee won’t be at work from Tuesday, 22 January.

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